IT Operations Management (ITOM)

How to quickly identify the VMware Tools status

How to quickly identify the VMware Tools status


In a VMware VSphere environment, the most common issue is that VMware Tools are either not installed or out of date.

VMware Tools are a suite of utilities that enhance the performance of the virtual machines guest operating system and improves management of the virtual machines. Without VMware Tools installed in your guest operating system, guest performance lacks important functionality i.e. memory ballooning and transparent page sharing.

For the effective utilization of the host resources and the best performance of the virtual machine, it is important to have VMware Tools installed and running in your virtual machine. Identifying the VMware Tool status at the virtual center level is – easy, but it becomes tedious in a large environment having multiple virtual centers with hundreds of ESX hosts within and across data centers.

How HPE Storage Operations Manager helps

HPE Storage Operations Manager (SOM) has a Virtual Machines table view under the Hosts group in the Inventory workspace. This table view lists all the virtual machines across Virtual Centers in a single view. In addition to other useful properties of Virtual Machines, this table view also shows the status of VMware Tools for each of the virtual machines in your environment, as shown in Figure 1.  SOM periodically updates the VM Tools status based on the collection interval.

Figure 1 – Virtual Machines table view


Figure 1 – Virtual Machines table view.jpg


The Virtual Machines table view allows you to customize the columns that are displayed by right clicking any of the column headings and clicking on visibility option. This helps you to see the selected properties in one view without having to use horizontal scroll bar. You can also sort and group the VM Tools status that are similar by clicking on the column header titled VM Tools, as shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2 – Virtual Machines table view - Sorting

Figure 2 – Virtual Machines table view - Sorting.jpg

Further you can also filter the table with the VM Tools status based on the need. For example, if you were to filter the table to show only the virtual machines that are not having VMware Tool installed, right click on the value NotRunning (Not Installed) for the VM Tools field and select “Equals this value”, as shown in Figure 3.

Figure 3 – Virtual Machines table view - Filter

Figure 3 – Virtual Machines table view - Filter.jpg

You can export this table in to CSV by right clicking on any row of the table, choose “Select All” and then choose “Export to CSV”, as shown in Figure 4.

Figure 4 – Virtual Machines table view - export

Figure 4 – Virtual Machines table view - export.jpg

Now you know the VMware Tool status of all virtual machines in your environment, you can go ahead and install or update the VMware Tools on all the required virtual machines using VMware vSphere Client or any similar tool to improve the performance of your virtualized environment.

On a closing note, based on your feedback the Virtual Machine table view was developed to ease your life by presenting all the virtual machines with VM Tools status across your virtual centers in your environment in single view.

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Sr. Software Engineer with HP Software, part of Storage Resource Management group with nearly 10 years of experience.