TO Push VMtool upgrade using SCCM

Need to understand if we can push h/w version and vm tool upgrade using sccm ?

How can be schedule it, as one need vm to be down before upgrade and another need reboot ?

any other good approach to get it done with minimum downtime if required and with quciky method for multiple vms

can we upgrade both without taking snapshot..as there are thousands of vms need upgrade for h/w version and vmtools on 5.5.

it has to be upgrade from version 7[4.1] to version 10 [5.5]

if we upgrade vmtool first , most of the time it always ask to upgrade vmtool again after h/w version upgrade?
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patronTechnical consultant Asked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I would recommend you use VMware Update Manager, it's designed to do VMware Tools update.

Tools should always be upgrade before Virtual Machine Hardware Version, and then you only need to update hardware version to take advantage of new features.
patronTechnical consultant Author Commented:
Thanks Andrew, that i will try and is the best method i believe.

just to confirm if it is possible to schedule it with windows patching we are doing through SCCM?

can we use sccm to upgrade vm tool and h/w version ?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
We would not recommend patching and VMware Tools upgrade at the same time.

H/W version is not an OS function, it's a vSphere function.

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patronTechnical consultant Author Commented:
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