It’s time to update this “popular” blog post with latest version from VMware and Citrix products. Many people still install VMware tools 10.0.6 as is and don’t try to optimize this middleware / drivers to work with Citrix VDAs 7.x.


To do so, run the setup to proceed to a Custom installation


And then click on Next. You can now chose which component you chose to install.

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Toolbox : [ENABLE] Utilites to improve the functionality of this virtual machine.

WMI Performance Logging : [ENABLE] Enable performance monitoring between the Guest SDK API and the WMI environment

VMware Device Drivers : [ENABLE] Drivers used to enhance the performance of you virtual machine.

Paravirtual SCSI : [DISABLE] Driver to enhance the performance of your paravirtual SCSI devices.

Memory Control Driver : [ENABLE] Driver to provide enhanced memory management of this virtual machine.

PS2 Mouse Driver : [ENABLE] Driver to enhance the performance of your virtual PS2 mouse.

USB Mouse Driver : [ENABLE] Driver to enhance the performance of your virtual USB mouse.

SVGA Driver : [DISABLE] Driver to enhance the performance of your virtual video card

Audio Driver : [ENABLE] Driver to provide audio for virtual sound card

VMXNet3 NIC Driver : [ENABLE] Driver to enhance the performance of your virtual network card (ndis5/ndis6).

Volume Shadow Copy Services Support : [DISABLE] VSS Support for Windows guest OS

VMCI Driver : [DISABLE] Driver to allow communication with the hypervisor

NSX File Introspection Driver : [DISABLE] Guest VM – File Introspection support

NSX Network Introspection : [DISABLE] Guest VM – Network Introspection support

Shared Folders : [DISABLE] Allow files to be shared between the virtual machine and you host computer

Keep in my this is my customized VMtools installation, this need to be test before being used into a live environment. You can of course create a MST file to create and use to deploy automatically.

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  • nick casagrande

    Some of these items are in fact needed if running virtual anti-virus from vendors (ie trend micro deep security) so make sure to check with your 3rd party vendors first.

    • Hi Nick and thanks to point this out ! Do you remember which items is it ?

    • nick casagrande

      NSX File Introspection Driver
      NSX Network Introspection

      These are required for Trend Micro Deep Security with Agentless Protection.

    • Cool, thanks for your feedback Nick !

  • Sacha Thomet

    Salut Stephane, I just had big issues with a ugly BSOD on Win10 1607 running on VMWare, after some hours of troubleshooting I found out that the SVGA Driver disabled during the VMWare tools installation was the cause. Maybe it’s worth an advice to me careful at this point. Did you never expierenced the same?

    • Hi Sacha, not that I’m aware of, could you give more information please ? vmtools version and hypervisor ?

    • Sacha Thomet

      It’s pretty nasty … First you don’t realize that you have a BSOD. It comes as soon you logoff, the problem you only see when you have a look to the console, otherwise you just realize that the Profile will be written back half way (will be corrupt in worst case).

      I have Win10 1607, VDA 7.13, PVS 7.12, UPM 5.7, tried on ESX 5.5 and ESX 6 U3. VMware tools version are maybe too new, version 10.1.5 build-5055683