I have looked around but did not find vmware article which explain how to update the Vmware tools installation source in a vSphere 6.7 or 7 setup. Or I did not look hard enough.. What I found is; https://www.altaro.com/vmware/update-vmware-tools-package-esxi/
Basically, download the latest version from Vmware, scp into the /vmimages/tools-isoimages and the system will auto detect the change. And this need to done on all ESXi host. Does that mean, ESX or vCenter will only compare the local installed vmtool version in the VM with the one current in the ESXi /vmimages/tools-isoimages which it current run on. If the VM is move to another host, it will be compared against another host.
Or this update would be handled by the update manager?
Hi @WhackyWakie ,
VMware tools packaged along with ESXi images. These packages are periodically updated along with ESXi patch updates and upgrades.
This does not mean you cannot upgrade VMware tools manually to newer version. Ideally VMware tools are backward compatible with older ESXi versions as well. For more information, please refer --> Interoperability Matrix
Procedure from Altaro is one of the options. Here is blog from VMware on similar procedure --> Configuring a VMware Tools Repository in vSphere 6.7U1
I hope that helps.
First of all, since version 10.0 the release cycle of vmware tools is not linked anymore to the release cycle of vSphere. See this article:
Also there have been some changes how to set up a vmware tools repository since 6.7. If you don't want to update the tools on each ESXi host separately that might be something you want to consider doing. Also some automation is possible.
hope this helps and good luck !
I have tested in my lab, 3 x esxi 6.7, vcsa and share storage.
I have responded to the other person of my tested result. Did not know it is so complicated.. maybe I should have used host profile. Not sure it will work. Hope version 7 new update method would be better.
I have found that right now we can use lifecycle manager to update vmtools on ESXi hosts - it can be done without reboot - online - no maintenance mode is needed.