7 Replies Latest reply on Jul 1, 2013 3:39 PM by cosy

    enable VMGuest time sync with ESX host via vmware tools command line option

    wilson94t Hot Shot

      In order to enable a VMGuest to sync time with an ESX Host, the following line needs to be enabled in the VMX file:    tools.syncTime = "TRUE"

       

       

      Windows Guests:

      Login, click on the vmware tools icon in the system tray, options tab, and select the Time Synchronization between the virtual machine and the console operating system option.

      Close Vmware tools properties.

      Logoff.

       

       

      Linux Guests:

      Login.

      start the Xserver  (off to a bad start already)

      launch the  vmware-toolbox application which requires XWindows, click on the Time Synchronization between the virtual machine and the console operating system option.

      exit vmware-toolbox

      shutdown Xserver

      logoff.

       

      Request:

      Command line option to enable the tools.syncTime = "TRUE" feature in the vmx file from within the guest, just as these check boxes do.   We'd like this option to be available for both Windows and Linux vmware-tools.

       

      Justification:

      \* When we do upgrades, make setting changes, or otherwise manage our guest environment, we want to script as much as possible and avoid logons. 

       

      \* We do not wish to or run X windows on our Linux systems.

       

      \* We wish to allow junior admins to deploy Linux or Windows VMguests who do not have access to the .vmx files on the ESX server.  

       

      \* Manual edits of the .vmx file each time the VMguest is built is not desirable.