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Ian0001
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VMTools - linux CentOS

Hi all,

This might be a utterly stupid question, but we currently have a couple of third party applications using linux based guests/os which are hosted on our ESX4 hosts.

The third party has installed vmtools onto the servers but not via our vsphere, will the vmtools they installed be able to communicate with our vSphere?

Many thanks

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FranckRookie
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Hi Lan0001,

There should be no problem for your VM to communicate with its host as long as it has been installed with an official VMware tools distribution package. There is nothing to configure in the tools to inform the VM that it has to communicate with a particular host. If it is not the right version, your VI Client (or the tools' agent itself) will just tell you that you should update the tools, but that's all.

If you download a VM from the Virtual Appliance Marketplace, it comes with the tools within, but you did not install them. And it works perfectly well.

Regards

Franck

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