VMware released ESXi 6.0 Update 1 and 5.5 Update 3, and both updates came with yet another embedded VMware Tools package.
And no, these are not identical with the standalone version 10.0!
In the announcement blog post VMware's Brian Graf writes: Good news.
We have decided that there isn’t any specific reason that VMware Tools builds should be tied to v Sphere releases/ESXi builds.
If you follow VMware's documentation for a manual installation or upgrade (e.g.
Why were VMware Tools embedded into ESXi in the first place? So how do you install or upgrade VMware Tools on your VMs today?
Rather, when our engineering teams are ready with key features/updates, we should have the ability to get those benefits out to our customers as quickly as possible.
This release was announced and perceived as a great achievement, but - except for this good news that Brian shared with us - I cannot follow any of the other excited statements that were made about it.
This is why there are different approaches today when it comes to updating VMware Tools, and all of them seem to be valid: Some only update the Tools when they know that the new version fixes an issue that they have.
Some only update them with ESXi Update releases or new major versions.