[Review]: VMware Tools 10.2.0

What’s New

The latest VMware Tools has been released by VMware and it’s including some new features and fixes. The most important new features are as follows:

  • Offline bundle with VMware Tools VIB: Offline bundles with VMware Tools VIB that can be installed on vSphere 5.5.x, 6.0.x and 6.5.x releases using vSphere Update Manager.
  • Improved lifecycle management of VMware Tools
  • FreeBSD support
  • ASLR supportAddress space layout randomization (ASLR) is a computer security technique involved in preventing exploitation of memory corruption vulnerabilities. In order to prevent an attacker from reliably jumping to, for example, a particular exploited function in memory, ASLR randomly arranges the address space positions of key data areas of a process, including the base of the executable and the positions of the stack, heap and libraries.

Resolved Issues

VMware has fixed some issues on VMware Tools 10.2.0:

  • Autofit Guest fails to function with VMware Tools 10.2.0
  • Attempts to use the multi monitor mode or unity mode fails on a Windows 10 guest operating system
  • After you log out and back in to a Windows 7 virtual machine that is running in full screen mode on multiple displays, the mouse pointer might not work properly
  • Attempts to use multiple screens fail on the Windows 2012 and Windows 10 guest operating systems
  • Windows Media Player is unable to play video files on Windows 10 Creators Update guest operating system
  • Connecting to View fails with a black screen intermittently
  • Windows virtual machine fails due to memory pressure
  • Windows 10 guest operating system with multiple virtual CPUs fails while playing videos using Windows Media Player
  • Partial black screen is displayed after setting multi-monitor resolution
  • Windows virtual machine fails while setting large multi-monitor display modes.
  • ReadEnvironmentVariableInGuest API returns system variable in Windows VM
  • Summary page of the VM does not list the IP address of the VMs in the right order
  • Guest authentication fails with a SystemError fault when the requested password is expired
  • The free space reported in vim.vm.GuestInfo.DiskInfo for a Linux guest does not match with df command in the guest
  • The guest file introspection kernel component might not run after upgrading VMware Tools
  • VMware user process might not restart after upgrades of open-vm-tools
  • Kernel modules were not upgraded after upgrading OSPs using the recommended procedure
  • In Windows Creators Fall release (1709) saving modified files using Office to a VMware Shared Folder can fail

Supported Operating Systems

Most of enterprise operating system supporting by the new version of VMware Tools:

  • Windows Vista and later
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 and later, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 and later, Ubuntu 10.04 and later – So CentOS 5 and later and Oracle Linux Enterprise 5 and later supported too.
  • Mac OS X versions 10.11 and later
  • Solaris

Supported Platforms

VMware Tools 10.2.0 will be work on ESXi 5.5 and later. It’s available for VMware Workstation 14.0 and VMware Fusion 10.0

Download Link

VMware Tools 10.2.0 is available on this Link

Also VMware Tools Operating System Specific Packages can be downloaded from http://packages.vmware.com/tools/releases/index.html

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