VMtools offline in guests

We have a 3.2 farm with and upgraded VC (to 2.5). It has been this way for 6 months and running fine however I have noticed that some guests have tool problems and VMOT times out.

I upgraded a couple of the hosts from 3.2 to 3.5 today (fresh install) and now the few guests I am able to migrate then tell me the tools are out of date in the guest info pane (tab of VC).

Is there any way to fix without re-installing and rebooting guests ? I assume no.



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From 3.0.2 to 3.5, I am thinking the update to the tools in the vm would require a reboot. It does not always, but since the tools include kernel modules, there's usually a ramdisk update included as well. Typically, you can load the new driver and you're good to go, but I believe when I went to 3.5, I did have to reboot the vm's.


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Moved to Virtual Machine and Guest OS forum.

All my WIndows Guests reboot automatically after install.... Well it does ask you but you are wiser to reboot. For Linux Guests a Reboot is not required as long as you have console access....

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