How to install VMware tools on wheezy

The VMware Tools package adds drivers and utilities to improve the graphical performance for different guest operating systems, including mouse tracking. The package also enables some integration between the guest and host systems, including shared folders, plug-and-play devices, clock synchronisation, and cutting-and-pasting across environments.

Note. When installing VMware tools on wheezy running older versions of VMware ESX/ESXi you may have some issues because of missing modules. This may be fixed with patches but another option would be to use open-vm-tools as an alternative. Here’s a tutorial on how to install open-vm-tools: How to install Open Virtual Machine Tools (open-vm-tools) on squeeze/wheezy

1. Install kernel headers and tools required to compile and install VMware tools:

apt-get install binutils cpp gcc make psmisc linux-headers-$(uname -r)
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How to install Open Virtual Machine Tools (open-vm-tools) on squeeze/wheezy

The Open Virtual Machine Tools (open-vm-tools) are the open source implementation of VMware Tools. They are a set of guest operating system virtualization components that enhance performance and user experience of virtual machines.


Installing open-vm-tools is very easy on wheezy, just install the package using apt-get and reboot the machine when completed.

apt-get install open-vm-tools
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