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Forcing VMware Tools To Cancel

I have run in to a few occasions recently where a customer will initiate a VMware Tools install via vCD and not complete the installer. If this virtual machine needs to be moved in vCenter due to something like HA, DRS, etc., vCenter will report that the machine cannot migrate because the .iso that is mounted to the virtual machine cannot unmount.

Fortunately, there is an easy way to cancel the install using vim-cmd:

First, you can get the list of all VM's on your host with the following command:

vim-cmd vmsvc/getallvms

You will see that each VM is identified with a number, which is the VM ID. To cancel the tools install, simply use vim-cmd again with the vm number you found above:

vim-cmd vmsvc/tools.cancelinstall (number from above)


vim-cmd vmsvc/tools.cancelinstall 777

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  1. thanks for this tip!

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