VMware Tools

VMware Tools installation on a Windows guest fails with the error: System Administrator has policies set to prevent installation

When the System Administrator has set the 'Windows Software Restriction Policy' to disable. With other words the Windows Installer has been disabled.This will result in a an error when you try to install the VMware Tools.

The error is: The system administrator has set policies to prevent this installation

The solution is to enable the windows installer setting in the 'Windows Software Restriction Policy'.

  • Start gpedit.msc (start --> Run)
  • Browse to Local Computer Policy
  • Select Computer Configuration
  • Select Administrative Templates
  • Select Windows Components
  • Select Windows Installer
  • Set the policy from Disabled to Enabled

Retry to install the VMware Tools. After succesfull install, set the policy back if needed.

VMware Tools status shows as not running after running VMware Consolidated Backup

Update 01 april 2009

Laatst bezig geweest met het patchen van een ESX omgeving met de 'laatste' VMware ESX patches.
Ook patch nummer: ESX350-200901401-SG.

Als eerst een tweetal ESX hosten bijgewerkt, alles was ok. ESX hosten werkten naar behoren, de VM's die op deze Host actief zijn funtioneren probleemloos, VCB backup werkt en geen problemen met de VMware Tools. 
Daarna stap voor stap de rest bijgewerkt.  (z'n 25 ESX hosten bijgewerkt).

Error 1722 while installing/updating VMware Tools

Last week i was updating a VM with the last version of the VMware Tools. I initialized the update from VMware Vitual Center client. The installer starts, when the installer almost  finished the following error occours:

Error 1722. There is a problem with this Windows Installer package. A program run as part of the setup did not finish as expected. Contact your support personnel or package vendor.

 

The solution that works for my for this error at this VM (Windows 2003 OS) was to start the following services.

- Distributed Transaction Coordinaton.
- COM+ System Application.

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