No more VM Tools reboots necessary!

by Scott Lowe [Published on 29 Aug. 2012 / Last Updated on 29 Aug. 2012]

I’m really happy about the vRAM licensing scheme being kicked to the curb, but I also like it when vendors implement what may seem to be minor fixes which, in reality, can be a pretty big deal.  Take this one:  If you’ve been managing vSphere for long, you are familiar with the upgrade/reboot cycle that comes with each new version of VMware Tools.  As a result, most of the virtual machines in the environment have to be rebooted at some point, which can be a disruptive process. Like vRAM, that problem is a thing of the past, too.  Once you upgrade VMware Tools to version 5.1, subsequent updates will no longer require a reboot.  It’s just one more way that administrators can enjoy a little less chaos in the data center and it’s a very welcome improvement.

I’m really happy about the vRAM licensing scheme being kicked to the curb, but I also like it when vendors implement what may seem to be minor fixes which, in reality, can be a pretty big deal.  Take this one:  If you’ve been managing vSphere for long, you are familiar with the upgrade/reboot cycle that comes with each new version of VMware Tools.  As a result, most of the virtual machines in the environment have to be rebooted at some point, which can be a disruptive process.

Like vRAM, that problem is a thing of the past, too.  Once you upgrade VMware Tools to version 5.1, subsequent updates will no longer require a reboot.  It’s just one more way that administrators can enjoy a little less chaos in the data center and it’s a very welcome improvement.

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