VMware tools Ubuntu guest install open-vm-tools
Sometimes the simple and seems to be the best way.
sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools
I have done it both ways the way you see above and installing the native VMware tools. I do not see any advantage in the native tools. But when you use the apt-get the advantage is when you update you Ubuntu machine the tools get up dated also.
I use to insist on installing the native tools but I have come to realize at least for me there is really no tangible benefit.
open-vm-tools is a fully-supported open source implementation of VMware Tools.
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