Open Virtual Machine Tools (open-vm-tools) is an open source implementation of VMware Tools. They are a set of guest operating system virtualization components that enhance the performance and user experience of virtual machines. When running a virtual server on a VMware virtualization host, you should install open-vm-tools or VMware tools.
This tutorial has been tested on the following Linux distributions:
Debian Linux 9 (Extended)
Debian Linux 8 (Jesse)
Debian Linux 7 (Wheezy)
March 27, 2018
VMware recommends using open-vm-tools instead of the VMware tools outlined in this article. The benefits of using open-vm-tools include improved stability, as the package is optimized for each distribution and automatically updates a smaller footprint.
Installing open-vm-tools on Debian Linux is very easy, just use apt-get to install the package and restart the machine when done.
1. Install the open-vm-tools package
apt-get install open-vm-tools
2. Restart the machine