VMware Open Tools or open-vm-tools Installation on Linux
VMware released large partitions of the VMware Open Tools as open-source software under the name, open-vm-tools (open virtual machine tools). They are now included in many Linux distribution files, such as Debian, and can thus be drawn directly from the distribution repository. In this article am going to explain you about the VMware Open Tools Installation on Linux and ubuntu with step by step.
Open VM Tools:
Open VM Tools are open source implementations of the VMware tools. These tools enhances the performance of the virtual machine’s guest operating system and improves management of the virtual machine. Open VM tools enable many features on the VMware virtual machines such as but not limited to
- Clock Sync between guest VM and ESXi hosts.
- Support for VMware virtual hardware devices and drivers.
- Generation of Heart beat from guest to the ESXi host for HA purposes.
- Graceful power on/off operations of the guest machines.
Why open-VM-tools are better then the traditional VMware tools:
- Open VM Tools are managed within the guest operating system.
- No compatibility matrix checks required.
- Open VM Tools are provided by OS vendor after testing.
- Updates are easy as simple using yum.
Suggestible Read: VMware vSphere ESXi 6.0 installation and Configuration
Also, Read: What’s new in VMware vSphere 6.5 and vCenter 6.5
Download Options for VMware Tools
The VMware Tools CD image for Linux guest operating systems (ISO image, download from the VMware Download area for respective versions of vSphere)
Installation Steps on CentOS/Red Hat 7:
As stated at the beginning of this article the open-vm-tools are present in the software repositories of several Linux distributions. Therefore you can use the package management to install them.
# yum install open-vm-tools
# systemctl enable vmtoolsd.service
# systemctl start vmtoolsd.service
Installation Steps on Ubuntu
sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools-lts-trusty
Installation Steps on Debian
sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools
VMware Support for Open VM Tools:
Conclusion: i hope this article will let you to install VMware Open Tools (open-vm-tools) on Linux/ubuntu. check the YouTube video for more details.