2 ways to install Open VM tools on Debian 11 Bullseye


Are you using Debian 11 Bullseye on VMware? Next, here are the commands to install VMware Open VM Tools on Debian 11 virtual machine.

After installing Linux or Windows on the virtual machine provided by VMware Workstation, we need to configure the VMware tools. This is because, by default, the virtual machine will not be optimized to work with the host in parallel. This means that VM will not adapt the screen resolution; copy and paste from host to guest, or vice versa, including dragging and dropping files will not be there. While this may not be a valuable feature for users who use Linux command line on Vmware VM but for GUI Desktop, these features are worth a lot.

Steps to install Vmware Open VM Tools on Debian 11 Bullseye VM

In this guide, we learn the simple steps to install and activate VMware Open VM Tools on Debian 11 Bullseye or Debian 10 (Buster).

#Ist method using the command line:

1. Open a control terminal

Like here we are going to use the command line, so for that Terminal application open on your Debian 11 or 10, if you are using the GUI desktop on your virtual machine.

2. Rebuild the APT cache

As usual, run the system update command first which will refresh the repository cache and also install any available updates.

sudo apt update -y
sudo apt upgrade -y

3. Command to install Open VM Tools on Debian 11 or 10

We don’t need to go anywhere to get the Open-VM-Tools package as it is already available through the Debian base repository by default. Therefore, just run the APT Package Manager install command with the package name as shown below:

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

yet, if you are using a CLI server, you can only opt for:

sudo apt install open-vm-tools -y

4. Restart your Debian 11 or 10 virtual machine

Once you have completed the installation. Restart your virtual machine, so that the system can implement the changes made by installing the Vmware tools on its kernel.

sudo reboot

# 2nd method: Using the VMware graphical interface

5. Install VMTools for Debian using the GUI

Alternatively, we can use the Vmware GUI to install VMTools. To select Player drop-down button -> Manage then “Install VMware Tools“.

6. VMWare Tools if the option is grayed out

If the option is grayed out as shown in the given screenshot, then follow the steps below.

To select Manage then Virtual machine settings or just press Ctrl + D.

Click on the “To add” button.

Gray reinstall VMware tools

Select “CD / DVD player”Then press the To finish button.

Gray Install VMware Tools

press the Okay button.

Add a CD or DVD in VMware

After that, you will have the option to install Open VM Tools using VMware GUI.

Install or reinstall VMware Tools is still grayed out

In this way, not only for Debian 11 Bullseye or Debian 10 Buster, but also for Ubuntu and other similar Linux, we can easily install Open VM Tools; either by using the graphical interface or the command line.

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