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Mastering VMware vSphere™ 4 by Scott Lowe

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7.3. Installing VMware Tools

Although VMware Tools is not installed by default, the package is an important part of a virtual machine. VMware Tools offers several great benefits without any detriments. In other words, installing VMware Tools should be standard practice and not a debatable step in the deployment of a virtual machine. The VMware Tools package provides the following:

  • Optimized SCSI driver

  • Enhanced video and mouse performance

  • Virtual machine heartbeat

  • Virtual machine quiescing for snapshots and backups

  • Enhanced memory management

The VMware Tools package is available for Windows, Linux, NetWare, Solaris, and FreeBSD; however, the installation methods vary because of the differences in the guest operating systems. In all cases, the installation ...

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