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To configure VMware Tools updates for a selected virtual machine, select Player > Manage > VirtualMachine Settings, click the Optionstab, and select VMware Tools.Note Automatic updates are not supported for versions of VMware Tools included in virtual machinescreated with older versions of VMware products, such as Workstation 5.5 and earlier or VMware Server1.x.Table 14‑2. VMware Tools Update OptionsOptionDescriptionUpdate manually (do nothing)You must update VMware Tools manually. A message appears onthe status bar of the guest operating system when a new version ofVMware Tools is available.Update automaticallyVMware Tools is updated automatically when a new version isavailable. The status bar indicates when an update is in progress.Use application default (currently updateautomatically)Use the default VMware Tools update behavior.To install a VMware Tools update, use the same procedure that you used for installing VMware Tools thefirst time.Using VMware Workstation Player for WindowsVMware, Inc. 131
Time SynchronizationIf you turn on the VMware Tools time synchronization feature, VMware Tools checks once every minute todetermine whether the clocks on the guest and host operating systems still match. If not, the clock on theguest operating system is synchronized to match the clock on the host.Native time synchronization software, such as Network Time Protocol (NTP) for Linux and the Mac OS X,or Microsoft Windows Time Service (Win32Time) for Windows, is typically more accurate than VMwareTools periodic time synchronization and is therefore preferred.ConfiguringUnity Mode for a Virtual MachineIn virtual machines that have Windows XP or later guest operating systems, you can switch to Unity modeto display applications directly on the host system desktop. Open applications in Unity mode appear onthe taskbar in the same way as open host system applications.To configure Unity mode settings for a selected virtual machine, select Player > Manage > VirtualMachine Settings, click the Optionstab, and select Unity.Table 14‑3. Unity Mode OptionsSettingDescriptionShow bordersSet a window border that identifies the application as belonging to the virtualmachine rather than to the host computer.Show badgesDisplay a logo in the title bar.Use a custom color in window bordersUse a custom color in window borders to help distinguish between theapplication windows that belong to various virtual machines. For example,you can set the applications for one virtual machine to have a blue borderand set the applications for another virtual machine to have a yellow border.On Windows hosts, click Choose colorto use the color chooser.Enable applications menuThe virtual machine Startor Applicationsmenu appears on the host systemdesktop.