vmware tools for ESX Server 3.5

John Nielsen lists at jnielsen.net
Wed Sep 3 16:10:49 UTC 2008

On Wednesday 03 September 2008, B. Cook wrote:
> I am setting up FreeBSD 7.0 and he is asking about the vmware-tools.
> Ports has some things, but I am not sure what I need, and neither is he.
> Can anyone tell me what it needs?

I usually create VM's with the Intel gigabit vNIC's which can use 
FreeBSD's "em" driver. Since Xorg includes the vmmouse and vmware video 
drivers already, the main things you should be looking for are the 
memory "balloon" driver and the guestd service. In the past I have gotten 
these to work by using the supplied tools (on the CD image that 
is "inserted" when you select "Install VMware tools" from the host). 
However it is much easier nowadays to use the free version in 
ports/emulators/open-vm-tools (or open-vm-tools-nox11).


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