vSphere ESX: Replace / Update the VMware Tools ISO

KB ID 0001566


On Experts Exchange this morning someone asked about how to upgrade the VMware Tools as a result of a security advisory that advocated updating Windows VMware Tools to version 10.3

So here’s how to replace / upgrade the VMware Tools distribution ISOs, that live inside ESX.


Firstly, you need to download the tools! It’s easier if you simply get them in .zip format.

Download VMware Tools

Download and extract them, Note: There is also a floppy images section, I’m not bothering with them, but you will see where they go as we progress, if you want to do those as well.

Extract VMware Tools

Use WinSCP to connect to your ESX host, and navigate to /vmimages/tools-isoimages

Note: There’s your floppies directory!

WinSCP to VMware Tools Folder

WARNING: To be on the safe side copy away any files you are going to over-write with the new ones, I’ve moved them to another folder in case there’s a drama, and I need to put them back! Then upload the new files you downloaded earlier.

WinSCP Upload New VMware Tools

You will see your VMs now know there’s a newer version.

VMware Tools Out Of Date

You can now successfully update them to the newest version.

VMware Tools Updated

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Author: PeteLong

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