Friday, August 2, 2013

Upgrade VMware tools without rebooting the Guest OS

Upgrade VMware tools without rebooting the Guest OS (works on Windows guest OS)

This works only during upgrading the VMware tools and on Windows guest OS. This script won't help you to perform fresh installation of VMware tools.

/s /v/qn ADDLOCAL=ALL REBOOT=ReallySuppress

To perform a silent, non-GUI with suppressed reboot VMware Tools installation in a Windows guest operating system:

In ESXi 5.0.x and earlier versions, run this command:

setup.exe /S /v"/qn REBOOT=ReallySuppress

In ESXi 5.1.x, run this command:

setup.exe /S /v"/qn REBOOT=R"

Note: The installer may indicate if a reboot is necessary by exiting with ERROR_SUCCESS_REBOOT_REQUIRED.

Alternatively, in vCenter Server, right-click a virtual machine, click Install/Upgrade VMware Tools, and enter this in the Advanced field:

/S /v"/qn REBOOT="ReallySuppress"

In vCenter Server 5.1.x, the Advanced field is:

/S /v"/qn REBOOT=R"

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