VMware tools update fails on ESXi 6 hosts with Dutch Operating System VMs

After upgrading all the hosts in the lab environment to VMware ESXi 6, I tried to upgrade the VMware tools version of a Dutch Windows 7 golden VM used by VMware Horizon View. The VMware tools upgrade fails with the following message:

VMware Tools Setup Wizard ended prematurely

VMware tools

This is a known bug in VMware ESXi 6.0 with Dutch Operating System VMs (see KB, link ).

The following work around can be used:

  • Create a local group named “everyone”
  • Add the user used for installing VMware tools to the “everyone” group
  • Run the VMware tools upgrade
  • Remove the “everyone” group
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