VMware Tools version 10.1.x is going end of life on November 15, 2021. Since this management agent is installed on most virtual guest machines in a VMware environment, ensuring that you're using a supported version is important.
What is VMware Tools?
VMware Tools is a management agent for VMware's virtual environments. The agent is installed on guest machines in order to provide management capabilities like sending messages between host and guest, customize the OS, run script for automation, sync system time between host and guest.
Additionally, VMware Tools also provides functionality to improve the usability of the guest machines. Guest machines without VMware tools can suffer form one or more of the following issues:
- Low video resolution
- Inadequate color depth
- Incorrect display of network speed
- Restricted movement of the mouse
- Inability to copy and paste and drag-and-drop files
- Missing sound
- Provides the ability to take quiesced snapshots of the guest OS
- Synchronizes the time in the guest operating system with the time on the host
VMware Tools Lifecycle
VMware Tools follows the VMware Enterprise Infrastructure Policy (EIP) for its lifecycle. This policy dictates that a VMware Tools version has general support for 5 years. During general support, VMware also provides support for new hardware and guest OS updates. After general support, 2 years of technical guidance is still provided.
To check which versions of VMware Tools you have in your IT environment, we've created a specialized color-coded report that indicates when VMware Tools versions installed in your network will be going end of life. Prevent any security issues by ensuring your VMware Tools installations are supported and get the latest security patches and updates.