New Fling: VMware Tools for Nested ESXi by VMware Labs

New Fling: VMware Tools for Nested ESXi by VMware Labs

VMware Labs released a new Fling called VMware Tools for Nested ESXi. The download is available as vib and is about 1.8MB.

This VIB package provides a VMware Tools service (vmtoolsd) for running inside a nested ESXi virtual machine. The following capabilities are exposed through VMware Tools:

  • Provides guest OS information of the nested ESXi Hypervisor (eg. IP address, configured hostname, etc.).
  • Allows the nested ESXi VM to be cleanly shut down or restarted when performing power operations with the vSphere Web/C# Client or vSphere APIs.
  • Executes scripts that help automate ESXi guest OS operations when the guest’s power state changes.
  • Supports the Guest Operations API (formally known as the VIX API).


Nested ESXi with VMware Tools (Screenshot by William Lam)


  • A VMware product on the host that is compatible with VMware Tools 9.7.
  • Nested ESXi running vSphere 5.x


There are 2 methods to install the VIB:

  1. Upload the VIB file to a datastore and run: esxcli software vib install -v /vmfs/volumes/[DATASTORE]/esx-tools-for-esxi-9.7.0-0.0.00000.i386.vib -f
  2. Install from the internet: esxcli software vib install -v -f
Niels Engelen
Working as a Global Technologist in Product Strategy for Veeam Software with an interest for anything virtual and cloud. Niels is as a VMware Certified Professional (VCP-DCV 4, 5, 6) and a Veeam Certified Architect (VMCA). Niels also gained the VMware vExpert award (2012-2017) and is an ex-PernixPro.

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