When running Docker (Container service) on a Guest Windows machine hosted on VMWare, the guest machine IP address is missing from the Summary tab in the VCenter UI.

Missing guest VM IP

This causes some overhead when you aim to query your inventory or even search for a machine by it’s IP instead of it’s name. I found my self logging in via the console just to verify the guest machine IP.

Based on this article, the solution is simple.

  1. Login to the Windows machine, look for the tools.conf file. Should be found in “C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware Tools\tools.conf”.
  2. If unaccounted, create a blank tools.conf file in the above path with the following: