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VMWare recommends using the package open-vm-tools vs loading the ISO. It does make the VMWare Package icon grey instead of green in VSphere, but its what they recommend and its much easier to install! There are some differences, like what is below is for server environments, there are different commands for Desktop Variants.

Read more on Open-Vm-Tools here.


NOTE: Ubuntu 16 Automatically installs the VM-Tools! Very Cool!

Ubuntu 14:

sudo apt-get install -y open-vm-tools-lts-trusty && sudo reboot

Ubuntu 12/10:


sudo apt-get install -y open-vm-tools



sudo apt-get install -y open-vm-tools && sudo reboot

CentOS 7:

sudo yum install -y open-vm-tools && sudo reboot

CentOS 5/6 -- Use official Tools from CD-Rom

I couldn't get the open-vm-tools package to install for the life of me, so just use this.

Insert guest additions CD-Rom via VSphere then ..

CentOS VMWare-Tools manual restart

/etc/vmware-tools/services.sh restart  


Note: For CentOS 6 I had to ..

yum install -y perl

Install via VMWare ISO

sudo mkdir /mnt/cdrom
sudo mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom
tar xzvf /mnt/cdrom/VMwareTools* -C /tmp/
cd /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib/
sudo ./vmware-install.pl -d
sudo reboot

Kali Linux (Desktop Environment) - Need Shared Folders, read the official article.

apt -y install open-vm-tools-desktop fuse



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