VMware Tools or open-vm-tools
In 2007, VMware released large partitions of the VMware 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.
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.
sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools-lts-trusty
sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools
Currently there are no restrictions regarding support from VMware:
Eliminates the need to separately install VMware Tools when open-vm-tools is bundled with the operating system because open-vm-tools is a fully-supported open source implementation of VMware Tools.
The VMware Tools are usually bundled and provided via ISO files in VMware’s products.:
But currently there is even a hint on using the open-vm-tools when installing the Vmware Tools:
Download Options for VMware Tools
- http://packages.vmware.com/tools/index.html (You will find an example of this in the Installing VMware Tools Operating System Specific Packages under Ubuntu) article.
- The VMware Tools CD image for Linux guest operating systems (ISO image, download from the VMware Download area for respective versions of vSphere)