Bug ID 721987: open-vm-tools now reports selfips in addition to management IP

Last Modified: Jun 10, 2021

Bug Tracker

Affected Product:  See more info
BIG-IP All(all modules)

Known Affected Versions:
12.1.0, 12.1.0 HF1, 12.1.0 HF2, 12.1.1, 12.1.1 HF1, 12.1.1 HF2, 12.1.2, 12.1.2 HF1, 12.1.2 HF2, 12.1.3,,,,,,,, 12.1.4,, 12.1.5,,,, 12.1.6, 13.0.0, 13.0.0 HF1, 13.0.0 HF2, 13.0.0 HF3, 13.0.1, 13.1.0,,,,,,,,, 13.1.1,,,,, 13.1.3,,,,,,, 13.1.4,, 14.0.0,,,,,, 14.0.1,

Opened: May 25, 2018
Severity: 4-Minor


open-vm-tools (VMware Tools) only reports IP addresses for the management interface. Thus, IP addresses for self IP addresses on VLANs are not visible to automation tools that act on the IP addresses reported through VMware Tools.


The VMware Tools report only their management IP addresses. Any processes, such as automation, that want to discover self IP addresses on VLANs cannot do so using VMware Tools. Note: This does not represent functionality provided in BIG-IP software. Rather, it is descriptive of how the VMware Tools work. This information is provided here for those whose automation or other tasks might depend on IP addresses reported by VMware Tools.


This occurs when using BIG-IP Virtual Edition (VE) in VMware environments.


Connect automation tools to the management interface learned via open-vm-tools. You can then use tmsh or iControl to discover the self IP addresses for further orchestration or automation.

Fix Information


Behavior Change

Previously, open-vm-tools (VMware Tools) did not report IP addresses other than those for the management interface. In this release, self IP addresses are reported as well. The BIG-IP software-specific changes involved including the VMware Tools package that was provided in the new kernel in this release of the BIG-IP software.