Improvements On The VM Tools Version-Mapping File
VMware ESXi GA releases, and also certain patch releases, include VMware Tools installers for the widely common guest OSs. A helpful resource which customers have used to map ESXi releases to VM Tools versions is now available online at following given below link:
As the decoupling of Tools last year, not every version of Tools is bundled with an ESXi release. These aspects surprised customers that is expected to look up any arbitrary Tools version in the mapping file, and certain versions were not listed as they did not ship with ESXi.
Moreover, the ESXi build number to Tools version mapping and the file is also useful to correlate the version code as shown in the vSphere Client with the actual x.y.z version number which humans tend to use, as shown below.
The release and launch of Tools 10 and the asynchronous model which is driving a loose-coupling with ESXi lead us to recently revisit the utility of the mapping file. Starting today, all VM Tools releases are now going to be listed in the file. For those Tools releases which were never bundled with ESXi, a placeholder value is going to be present in the second column. In case an ESXi patch or release subsequently ends up consuming one of those Tools versions, the value is going to be updated accordingly.
The placeholder value is ESX/0.0 as shown in the image below:
Please note that VM Tools are compatible with a broad range of VMware ESXi releases. There is normally no requirement to update when new updated versions are available.