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VMware Tools Documentation or Description

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Can anyone point me to some documenation on what comprises VMware tools? I know they suggest it gets added to the Guest OS (agent??) but I'd like to understand what gets loaded exactly.

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kjb007
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Page 55 of the Admin Guide: http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_35/esx_3/r35/vi3_35_25_admin_guide.pdf

When you install VMware Tools, you install:

The VMware Tools service This service synchronizes the time

in the guest operating system with the time in the host operating system. On

Windows guests, it also controls grabbing and releaseing the mouse cursor.

A set of VMware device drivers, including an SVGA display driver, the vmxnet

networking driver for some guest operating systems, the BusLogic SCSI driver for

some guest operating systems, the memory control driver for efficient memory

allocation between virtual machines, the sync driver to quiesce I/O for

Consolidated Backup, and the VMware mouse driver.

The VMware Tools control panel, which lets you modify settings, shrink virtual

disks, and connect and disconnect virtual devices.

A set of scripts that helps you to automate guest operating system operations. The

scripts run when the virtual machine’s power state changes if you configure them

to do so.

The VMware user process (VMwareUser.exe on Windows guests or vmware-user

on Linux and Solaris guests), which enables you to copy and paste text between the

guest and managed host operating systems.

On Linux and Solaris guests, this process controls grabbing and releaseing the

mouse cursor when the SVGA driver is not installed.

The VMware Tools user process is not installed on NetWare operating systems.

Instead, the vmwtool program is installed. It controls the grabbing and releasing of

the mouse cursor. It also allows you copy and paste text.

-KjB

vExpert/VCP/VCAP vmwise.com / @vmwise -KjB

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Page 55 of the Admin Guide: http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_35/esx_3/r35/vi3_35_25_admin_guide.pdf

When you install VMware Tools, you install:

The VMware Tools service This service synchronizes the time

in the guest operating system with the time in the host operating system. On

Windows guests, it also controls grabbing and releaseing the mouse cursor.

A set of VMware device drivers, including an SVGA display driver, the vmxnet

networking driver for some guest operating systems, the BusLogic SCSI driver for

some guest operating systems, the memory control driver for efficient memory

allocation between virtual machines, the sync driver to quiesce I/O for

Consolidated Backup, and the VMware mouse driver.

The VMware Tools control panel, which lets you modify settings, shrink virtual

disks, and connect and disconnect virtual devices.

A set of scripts that helps you to automate guest operating system operations. The

scripts run when the virtual machine’s power state changes if you configure them

to do so.

The VMware user process (VMwareUser.exe on Windows guests or vmware-user

on Linux and Solaris guests), which enables you to copy and paste text between the

guest and managed host operating systems.

On Linux and Solaris guests, this process controls grabbing and releaseing the

mouse cursor when the SVGA driver is not installed.

The VMware Tools user process is not installed on NetWare operating systems.

Instead, the vmwtool program is installed. It controls the grabbing and releasing of

the mouse cursor. It also allows you copy and paste text.

-KjB

vExpert/VCP/VCAP vmwise.com / @vmwise -KjB
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