VMware Tools 11.0.6 compatibility with vSphere

VMware tool version 11 added features such as.

  • Ability to map a specific OS volume to the respective VMDK.
  • Updated drivers of PVSCSI, VMXNET3 & VMCI available through Microsoft Update Service for Windows Server 2016 & later.
  • Upgraded compiler in Visual Studio 2017 for VMware Tools drivers.
  • VMware Tools notarised for MacOS 10.14.5.
  • Added support for additional driver for AppDefense.
  • Added appInfo to publish information about running applications inside the guest.

VMware Tools 11.0.6

VMware tools have separate release cycle from that of vSphere since version 10. With mention to that, VMware Tools 11.0.6 update adds VMware tools with a new key/certificate pair for signing VMware tools ISO files. The old signing key/certificate is expired in the month of December 2019.

In case you download the VMware tools 11.0.6 from VMware download portal, and install on ESXi hosts that are pre 6.5 U2 version, you will not be able to install or upgrade the VMware Tools service in virtual machines using the existing UI.

To fix this issue, either upgrade the ESXi hosts to version 6.5 U2 or later, else manual VMware tools installation/upgrade is required inside guest OS.

vSphere 7

In vSphere 7, a subset of VMware Tools 11.0.5, VMware Tools 10.3.21, and VMware Tools 10.3.10 ISO images are bundled as.

  • windows.iso (VMware Tools 11.0.5)
  • linux.iso (VMware Tools 10.3.21)
  • darwin.iso (VMware Tools 11.0.5)
  • Solaris.iso (VMware Tools 10.3.10)

With update to VMware tools 11.0.6, supported guest OS list is as below.

  • windows.iso (VMware Tools 11.0.6)
    • VMware Tools image for Windows Vista or higher
    • Supported OS
      • Windows Server 2019
      • Windows Server 2016
      • Windows 10
      • Windows Server 2012 R2 with Microsoft update KB2919355
      • Windows 8.1 with Microsoft update  KB2919355
      • Windows Server 2012 
      • Windows 8
      • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
      • Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
      • Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
      • Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • linux.iso (VMware Tools 10.3.21)
    • Supports Linux guest OSes like RHEL 5 & later, SLES 11 & later, Ubuntu 12.04 & later.
    • It also supports other distributions with glibc versions 2.5 and later.
    • However, use of Open-vm-tools provided by OS vendor is recommended for OSes listed below .
      • RHEL 7 and later
      • SLES 12 and later
      • Ubuntu 14.04 and later
  • darwin.iso (VMware Tools 11.0.6)
    • Supports Mac OS X versions 10.11 and later.
    • Balloon driver has been removed from MacOS in VMware tools 11.0.0.
  • Solaris.iso (VMware Tools 10.3.10)
    • Supports Solaris versions 10 and later.
    • VMware Tools 11.0.0 release freezes support for Solaris guests.

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