Updating VMware Tools fails with the error: Update Tools failed. Edit the virtual machine’s vmx file.

Submitted by Tom L'Ecluse on Sun, 12/01/2014 - 21:42

When you try to update the Vmware tools you get the following error:

Vmware tools upgrade

This issue only occurs when using the update Vmware Tools button from within the guest operating system.

This can be fixed by adding the necessary setting to the virtual machine configuration file. But first shutdown the vm!

  • Go to Edit settings from VM .
  • Go to Options.
  • Go to General (picture 1).
  • Go to button Configuration Parameters (picture 1)
  • Go down to last rule and klik Add row (picture 2)
  • Put "isolation.tools.guestInitiatedUpgrade.disable" in the Name field (picture 3)
  • Put "False" FALSE in the Value field (picture 3)
  • Click OK and start VM
  • Now you can use the update tools button in the VM without errors

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You can do the same using the command line.

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