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TWO issues here:

Unlike older versions, somehow Automatic VMware Tools update is broken now, was fine in versions 14.x and 12.x. (as you maybe know, the unlucky 13 version number was skipped :))

In those, I could easily & correctly update VMware Tools for my Mac OS Guests - my Host OS is Windows 10 64-bit Enterprise.

However, in VMware Workstation 15 it seems VMware Tools for Mac has now branched off into TWO versions - for Mac OS X 10.11 or higher, and for those older.

 

So, issue #1 is this:

1) On all kinds of Mac OS Guests I tried, automatic update now offers a very old VMware Tools from Sept 2016, and not the recent one from 2018! Why?

2) Okay, I used my Evernote skills :) and found the FTP for direct manual VMware Tools ISO download after a bit of digging around. This works, but only on mac OS 10.11 or newer Guests.
I still use Mac OS X 10.10, 10.9 and 10.8, however, so I need this for those also.

What is the latest VMware Tools version for those? Will this be not updated by VMware anymore? :(

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I assume you use my unlocker. Get the latest version 3 and run gettools.exe. You should end up with the lastest iso images for macOS in the VMware installation folder. You will need to manually load these as attached CD-ROM in the guests and then update.

 

The "Install VMware Tools" menu item and auto update never ran reliably as Workstation and Player are not supposed to support macOS as a guest.

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18 hours ago, Donk said:

I assume you use my unlocker. Get the latest version 3 and run gettools.exe. You should end up with the lastest iso images for macOS in the VMware installation folder. You will need to manually load these as attached CD-ROM in the guests and then update.

 

The "Install VMware Tools" menu item and auto update never ran reliably as Workstation and Player are not supposed to support macOS as a guest.

Yes, I do use latest Unlocker, thanks. Okay, thanks - will try.

Nope. :) These function indeed used to work not reliably as you say - I am using VMware Workstation+Unlocker for over 4 years now - but for the last 1, maybe 2 years this was just fine for me.  :)

It IS still fine on newer macOS versions for me recently. I will try what you said on the older ones.

 

One more thing, so that I do not create a 2nd thread, please. Is there a way to check the VMware Tools version I have installed on my Guest OSes?
With Windows guest OS, I know how to check but not so on Mac.

I see there IS a way to see latest installed versions in the Installed software info, which is kind of what helps, but not exactly. 

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You can open Terminal in macOS and run:

 

/Library/Application\ Support/VMware\ Tools/vmware-tools-daemon -v

 

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On 11/8/2018 at 6:57 PM, Donk said:

I assume you use my unlocker. Get the latest version 3 and run gettools.exe. You should end up with the lastest iso images for macOS in the VMware installation folder. You will need to manually load these as attached CD-ROM in the guests and then update.

 

The "Install VMware Tools" menu item and auto update never ran reliably as Workstation and Player are not supposed to support macOS as a guest.

 

Did not work. Get exactly the same ISO I get as with Update VMware Tools. 

Namely on mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite and older (pre-15 Darwin - Darwin 15 is the one in El Capitan, I found out in Wikipedia) I get VMware Tools from 2016, and on 10.11 El Capitan or newer I get the correct, latest one from Sept 2018 - same as with Update VMware Tools as mentioned. :)

EDIT: More info -- on Yosemite before & after the update I got these versions:

Before: version 10.0.5.520 (build-3228253)

After: version 10.0.12.334 (build-4448496)

 

On El Capitan and newer I get version listed as: 10.3.2.6765 (build-9925305)

 

On 11/9/2018 at 5:07 PM, Donk said:

You can open Terminal in macOS and run:

 


/Library/Application\ Support/VMware\ Tools/vmware-tools-daemon -v

 

Great! Thanks, this works. 

Edited by Naki
Extra details - VMware Tools versions/builds.

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OK you do have the correct versions. So I have VMware Fusion 11.0.1 and the tool versions supplied are:

 

Darwin before 15 - VMware Tools daemon, version 10.0.12.334 (build-4448496)

Darwin after 15  - VMware Tools daemon, version 10.3.2.6765 (build-9925305)

 

My tool downloads the same versions as supplied by VMware in Fusion.

The tools for older versions of macOS/Mac OS X are frozen at 10.0.12, so do not expect to see any updates unless there is a security issue found.

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On 11/19/2018 at 9:47 PM, Donk said:

OK you do have the correct versions. So I have VMware Fusion 11.0.1 and the tool versions supplied are:

 

Darwin before 15 - VMware Tools daemon, version 10.0.12.334 (build-4448496)

Darwin after 15  - VMware Tools daemon, version 10.3.2.6765 (build-9925305)

 

My tool downloads the same versions as supplied by VMware in Fusion.

The tools for older versions of macOS/Mac OS X are frozen at 10.0.12, so do not expect to see any updates unless there is a security issue found.

Great! Thanks. Thanks for confirming this. :) Have a nice day/night. ;)

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