vSphere Advanced 4.1, 258902
ESXi 4.1, 260247 (2 physical servers grouped in a cluster)
Windows 2003R2 and Windows 2008R2 guest OSes (3 VMs)
I installed/uninstalled VMWare Tools on my guests many times, but I still don't have a tools.conf file anywhere of my guests' filesystems.
I made sure to search with elevated priviledges, but the file just isn't there.
So, a few questions:
1) Should it be there ?
2) If so, why would it not install ?
3) If not absolutely needed, can I create an empty one and add the content as described in this KB article:
This KB article is the real reason why I'm searching for the tools.conf file all over the place.
4) When I look at the version number of installed VMtools, I get Version 8.3.2, build-257589. I was under the impression that the build number should match the ESXi build number. Am I wrong ?
Thank you for any pointers.
I found tools.conf on my windows server 2008 r2 at C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware Tools\
The file was empty, so I added the logging parameters as you are trying to do to get some debug output from DebugView.
No luck. DebugView doesn't show any additional data beyond what it shows when I leave tools.conf blank.
I'm trying to run DebugView in order to see if I have the ddb.uuid problem preventing my VMware snapshot provider from completing on our domain controller and virtual center.
By adding a few lines to the tools.conf file and restarting VMware tools, the tools.conf became more fully populated.
To the empty tools.conf, I added:
After restarting VMware Tools, I (magically) had entries for vmsvc, vmusr, log, vmbackup and vss. After some edits to bump up my logging, I ended up with this:
vmbackup.level = debug
Running DebugView as Administrator and selection Capture win32, global win32, and events got me the detailed logging of VMware tools I was looking for.