Updating Virtual Machine Additions

by Chris Sanders [Published on 14 Sept. 2006 / Last Updated on 14 Sept. 2006]

Virtual Machine Additions greatly improve the performance of any virtual machine. However, we must not forget to update them from time to time.

When you are dealing with virtual machines it is very important to install the virtual machine additions package on all of your VM’s. This can provide massive performance increases, as well as provide a system that is more stable. What most people seem to forget however, is that these VM additions are very version specific and must be upgraded manually. For instance, when you upgrade from Virtual Server 2005 to Virtual Server 2005 R2, it is very important to reinstall the VM additions package to all of your virtual machines in order to reap their full benefits.


Chris Sanders is the network administrator for one of the largest public school systems in the state of Kentucky. Chris's specialties include general network administration, windows server 2003, wireless networking, and security. You can view Chris' personal website at www.chrissanders.org.

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The Author — Chris Sanders

Chris Sanders is a network security analyst for EWA Government Systems Inc. Chris is the author of the book Practical Packet Analysis as well as several technical articles. His personal website at www.chrissanders.org contains a great deal of information, articles, and guides related to network administration, network security, packet analysis, and general information technology.

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