VMware Tools On Debian Jessie

In order to install VMware Tools On Debian you will be employing a two step process. First you will need to right click on the Virtual Machine in vSphere and choose “guest” > “Install/Upgrade VMware Tools” pictured left.vm-tools Next you will need to run the following commands in terminal. This procedure works for every version of Debian from 6 up through and including version 8.1. Please make note that these commands can easily be pasted into a bash script and run that way. Also note that line 1 of the script will remove OpenVM Tools if they are installed and line 10 will install VMware Tools without the default options and will require user input. This step has changed from previous versions in that Debian 8 now recommends installing OpenVM Tools over Vmware Tools.

apt-get remove --purge open-vm* -y ; apt-get autoremove -y
sudo mkdir -p /media/cdrom
sudo mount /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom
cd /media/cdrom
sudo cp VM*.tar.gz /tmp
cd /tmp
sudo umount /media/cdrom
sudo tar xzvf VM*.tar.gz
cd vmware-tools-distrib
sudo ./vmware-install.pl
rm -r /media/cdrom
Note: we’ve tested this install method on multiple VM’s and we found that in every case we needed to shutdown the server and manually disconnect the VMware Tools CD installer at the end of the install process.
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