As you know, Linux mint is not so far away from Ubuntu :

wou@linuxmint ~ $ uname -a
Linux linuxmint 3.16.0-38-generic #52~14.04.1-Ubuntu SMP Fri May 8 09:43:57 UTC 2015 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

So, most commands are the same, for example :

wou@linuxmint ~ $ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: LinuxMint
Description: Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela
Release: 17.2
Codename: rafaela

VMware tools installation procedure

Pay your attention : installing VMware Tools from vSphere Client 5.5 update 2 doesn’t work.

Trust me, don’t waste your time, the only way to succeed is to install the “open-vm-tools” latest release !

As usual, start by updating your server :

Connected as “root”

linuxmint ~ # id
uid=0(root) gid=0(root) groups=0(root)


linuxmint ~ # apt-get update

Then, install required software

“gcc” compiler is already installed :

linuxmint ~ # dpkg -l gcc
| Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name Version Architecture Description
ii gcc 4:4.8.2-1ubuntu6 amd64 GNU C compiler

Install “autoconf” :

linuxmint ~ # apt-get install autoconf

“linux-header” and “linux-image” already installed :

linuxmint ~ # dpkg -l | egrep “linux-header|linux-image”
ii linux-headers-3.16.0-38 3.16.0-38.52~14.04.1 all Header files related to Linux kernel version 3.16.0
ii linux-headers-3.16.0-38-generic 3.16.0-38.52~14.04.1 amd64 Linux kernel headers for version 3.16.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
ii linux-image-3.16.0-38-generic 3.16.0-38.52~14.04.1 amd64 Linux kernel image for version 3.16.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
ii linux-image-extra-3.16.0-38-generic 3.16.0-38.52~14.04.1 amd64 Linux kernel extra modules for version 3.16.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP

OK now, let’s go on with VMTools

linuxmint ~ # apt-get install open-vm-tools

and after, you will see tools running from vSphere Client

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