Install VMware Tools on Nested ESXi with ShortURL

One of the most useful VMware Flings of all time has just come out, VMware Tools for Nested ESXi. Nested ESXi is running ESXi within ESXi or another VMware hypervisor. Fusion, Workstation and maybe Player support nesting ESXi.

We all know these few facts:

  • VMware Tools makes VMs run better
  • Nested ESXi isn’t production-ready
  • Nested ESXi is a great lab/test technique

In the Fling page, it has option 2 listed to run the .VIB (an installable module on an ESXi host) from directly downloading it from This is “loosely” analogous to the whole OVA vs. OVF discussion, a pointer vs. full install locally.

With option 2, you can take the full command:

esxcli software vib install -v -f 

And condense it to a short URL:

esxcli software vib install -v –f

Here is the command being entered on an ESXi 5.5 host nested on ESXi:

(I did enable SSH, this can also be done in the DCUI however)


Before the command, the VM (nested ESXi) displayed this in the vSphere Client (Shhh… Not using Web Client yet):


After the host is rebooted, VMware Tools are running as shown below on startup:


Then in the vSphere Client, you are golden as well!


The ShortURL will help when it comes to installing VMware Tools by hand on a host, much like Windows Firewall I’ve remembered: netsh advfirewall set allprofiles state off.

So, save this command and keep it for the ages!

esxcli software vib install -v –f

Enjoy! Thank you VMware Flings team, and William Lam!

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