VMware Tools complete install: it’s not always the best choice

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The installation of VMware Tools is usually done by choosing the Typical installation type:

Typical Installation of VMware Tools

This type of installation has the vast majority of options enabled, but there are some components that are not installed. For example, if you are creating an infrastructure based on vShield EndPoint and Trend Micro Deep Security, you need to choose the Complete installation, or the custom one and select vShield Drivers:

Custom Install of VMware Tools

Usually, you are going to do the complete installation directly on the “Golden Image” for VMware View, so that each new virtual desktop is going to have vShield Drivers already enabled.

The complete installation however is not a good solution for ALL the virtual machine in your infrastructure. I found few days ago this interesting article from the VMware KB, where you can read about some performance problems in a Windows VM, specifically in file copy operations over the network, and how these problems arise after the installation of vShield Drivers.

As usual, default configurations are there for a reason, and are usually suggested by the vendor. It’s a good practice to always use default configurations, unless you have a specific reason (just like the use of vShield-based protection software).

[This post was originally written by Luca Dell’Oca, and published on the blog www.virtualtothecore.com ]

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