Restart VMware Tools on Window’s Virtual Machines


I keep running into an issue where VMTools will display a status of “not running” after rebooting some machines too fast, say after a Windows Update or just because they feel like it. One fix is to simply reboot the VM, but this is a little bit more involved so I looked up a command line script and came up with the following.

From the VM directly, open up a command prompt and type the following.

   net stop vmtools
   net start vmtools

From another server on the domain open a command prompt and type the following.

   sc \\servername-or-ipaddress stop "vmtools"
   sc \\servername-or-ipaddress start "vmtools"

Thats it!. With VMTools running, your VMs should be a little more responsive.