VMware: Latest Tools version for Windows 2000 Guest

Ralph Scharping
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Hi,

I am running a legacy Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP4 inside VMware ESXi 6 Upd. 2.  The VM was copied from ESXi 4 and it is running VMware tools 4.0.0.
Tools-Update from vSphere-Client does not work.  The installer crashes before it starts to ask any questions or to do anything.

Is the current version of VMware tools supported for Windows 2000?  Which is the recommended version von VMware tools for such an old guest?

Thanks,
Ralph
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No the current version of VMware Tools is not supported.

VMware does not support operating systems, where the vendor no longer offers support.

see here

Understanding guest operating system support levels (2015161)

We would recommend that you use the previous version of VMware Tools, or a version from ESXi/ESX 4.0.

Technically you will find this will display an out of date message, and also it's unsupported for use with the host OS, but it will function, but you may experience heart beat issues, vMotion, DRS etc but this is to be expected.

It will function though!

ALL the VMware Tools versions FOR ALL VMware products and versions can be found here...

https://packages.vmware.com/tools/esx/index.html

I would suggest, a 4.0 version, unless you have time to go through them all, but I would start earlier than later!
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Commented:
Great.  Version 4 is already running, so I'll just leave it at that.

Thanks!
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Yes, I would leave as is.

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