Device drivers optimize mouse operations and improve sound, graphics, and networking performance. If you do a custom VMware Tools installation or reinstallation, you can choose which drivers to install.

Which drivers are installed when you install VMware Tools also depends on the guest operating system and the VMware product. For detailed information about the features or functionality that these drivers enable, including configuration requirements, best practices, and performance, see the documentation for your VMware product. The following device drivers can be included with VMware Tools.

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SVGA driver
Connect This virtual driver enables 32-bit displays, high display resolution, and significantly faster graphics performance. When you install VMware Tools, a virtual SVGA driver replaces the default VGA driver, which allows for only 640 X 480 resolution and 16-color graphics.

On Windows guest operating systems whose operating system is Windows Vista or later, the VMware SVGA 3D (Microsoft - WDDM) driver is installed. This driver provides the same base functionality as the SVGA driver, and it adds Windows Aero support.

SCSI driver
A VMware Paravirtual SCSI driver is included for use with paravirtual SCSI devices. Drivers for other storage adapters are either bundled with the operating system, or they are available from third-party vendors.

For example, Windows Server 2008 defaults to LSI Logic SAS, which provides the best performance for that operating system. In this case, the LSI Logic SAS driver provided by the operating system is used.

Paravirtual SCSI driver
This driver for VMware Paravirtual SCSI adapters enhances the performance of some virtualized applications.
VMXNet NIC drivers
The vmxnet and vmxnet3 networking drivers improve network performance. Which driver is used depends on how you configure device settings for the virtual machine. Search the VMware Knowledge Base for information on which guest operating systems support these drivers.

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When you install VMware Tools, a VMXNet NIC driver replaces the default vlance driver.

Mouse driver
The virtual mouse driver improves mouse performance. This driver is required if you use some third-party tools such as Microsoft Terminal Services.
Audio driver
This sound driver is required for all 64-bit Windows guest operating systems and 32-bit Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Vista guest operating systems.
Guest Introspection drivers

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The two Guest Introspection drivers are the NSX File Introspection driver and the Network Introspection driver. The NSX File Introspection driver uses the hypervisor to perform antivirus scans without a bulky agent. This strategy avoids resource bottlenecks and optimizes memory use. The NSX Network Introspection driver supports NSX for vSphere Activity Monitoring. You can install the two drivers separately. When you install VMware Tools, by default, the Guest Introspection drivers are not installed.
Memory control driver
This driver is required for memory ballooning and is recommended if you use VMware vSphere. Excluding this driver hinders the memory management capabilities of the virtual machine in a vSphere deployment.

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Modules and drivers that support making automatic backups of virtual machines
If the guest operating system is Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, or other newer Windows operating systems, a Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS) module is installed. For other, older Windows operating systems, the Filesystem Sync driver is installed. These modules allow external third-party backup software that is integrated with vSphere to create application-consistent snapshots. During the snapshotting process, certain processes are paused and virtual machine disks are quiesced.
VMCI and VMCI Sockets drivers
The Virtual Machine Communication Interface driver allows fast and efficient communication between virtual machines and the hosts they run on. Developers can write client-server applications to the VMCI Sock (vsock) interface to make use of the VMCI virtual device.
VMware drivers for Linux
The drivers for Linux are automatically installed during your operating system installation, eliminating the need to separately install drivers after OS installation. VMware actively maintains the source code for VMware paravirtual drivers and kernel modules, and any Linux distributions creating new OS releases will automatically include the latest VMware drivers.

VMware does not recommend deleting or replacing existing inbox drivers for Linux that are distributed by your OS vendors. Deleting or replacing these drivers could cause conflict with future updates to the drivers. Contact your OS vendor or OS community for availability of specific updates to drivers.

See for information about availability, maintenance, and support policy for inbox drivers for Linux.

You can attach a Bluetooth device to a virtual machine

Fusion supports these types of Bluetooth devices:
  • Cell phones
  • GPS receivers
  • Serial Port Profile (SPP) devices
  • Most other devices
Fusion has limited support for these types of Bluetooth devices:
  • Input devices (HID): Can be attached to guests when using Linux/macOS hosts, but not on Windows hosts.

    OBEX File Transfer: Outgoing (guest to device) transfers only. Guest may not act as an OBEX server.

Fusion does not support these types of Bluetooth devices:

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  • Headphones
  • Headsets
  • Hands-free audio devices
Fusion has the following limitations for Bluetooth support:

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  • Only out going connections are allowed. A virtual machine may establish a connection to a remote Bluetooth device, but remote devices do not see services that virtual machines try to advertise.
  • Virtual machines cannot change the name, class, or discoverability of the host's Bluetooth adapter. The host is exclusively in control over setting whether other Bluetooth devices can discover the host, and what name is used.
  • The host is exclusively in control of the pairing process and collecting or displaying PIN numbers. The guest may scan for devices, and initiate a connection with any device. If pairing is required, the pairing dialog box appears on the host, not in the guest. From the guest's perspective, the device appears to pair without having needed a PIN.
  • Any vendor-specific capabilities on the host's Bluetooth radio are not passed through to the guest. For example, some radios provide a vendor-specific command to change their BDADDR. These commands do not appear in the guest. The guest sees a generic VMware-brand radio.
  • The virtual Bluetooth controller itself is not part of snapshots. During snapshots, it is disconnected and reconnected. Any ongoing connections with Bluetooth devices are terminated at the time of a snapshot.
  1. Select Window > Virtual Machine Library.
  2. Select a virtual machine in the Virtual Machine Library window and click Settings.
  3. Under Removable Devices in the Settings window, click USB & Bluetooth.
  4. Select the Share Bluetooth devices with the virtual machine check box.
    The virtual Bluetooth radio appears in the guest. You might see notifications from the guest OS that new hardware was detected. No action is required because the driver is automatically installed.
  5. Use the guest's Bluetooth interface to search for nearby devices to pair with. Devices appear in the list as they are detected.
  6. Select the device you want to connect with and select to connect to it.
  7. Pair the device with the host.
    If you have not paired this device with this host before, you are prompted to do so now. The host may ask you for a PIN, or may display a PIN to be entered on the device.
    After the device pairs, the device is now available in the guest.