ESX/ESXi

#34 Upgrading VMware Tools fails on Windows Server 2008 with the message “Error 1316. A network error occured while attempting to read from the file C:\Windows\Installer\VMware Tools.msi”


I cloned one VM from an ESXi 4.0 host to an ESXi 5.0 U1. When I tried to upgrade the VM tools (interactively), I got an error saying “Error 1316. A network error occured while attempting to read from the file C:\Windows\Installer\VMware Tools.msi”.

At this point, just click OK, open a command prompt with Administrator’s privileges and type:

C:\users\username> D:
D:> setup /c

This command will delete some orphaned registry entries and after the command completes, which is less then a second, just do your standard VM tools upgrade by double-clicking the setup.exe icon.

Source: VMware KB 1012693

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