Debian Tutorials

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Step by step tutorials showing you how to install and configure various applications and services on Debian based Linux distros.

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How to install open-vm-tools (Open Virtual Machine Tools)

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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. When running a virtual server on a VMware virtualization host you should install either open-vm-tools or VMware tools.

Compatibility

This tutorial has been tested on the following Linux distributions:

Debian Linux 9 (Stretch)
Debian Linux 8 (Jessie)
Debian Linux 7 (Wheezy)

Last updated:
27th of March 2018

VMware recommends using open-vm-tools instead of VMware tools as outlined in this article. The benefits of using open-vm-tools include improved stability as the package is optimized for each distribution, automatic updates smaller footprint.

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

1. Install the open-vm-tools package

apt-get install open-vm-tools

2. Reboot the machine

reboot

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  • Nancy Crutcher
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    Nancy Crutcher Nancy Crutcher

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    That seems to be very easy! I will try to install it too. Thanks for sharing this information.