RHEL & CentOS 7.x VMware Tools

Posted on 11/10/2014 · Posted in VMware

Installing VMware tools on the new Red Hat Enterprise Linux and CentOS is a tad different than on 5.x and 6.x distributions. The main difference is that it’s now recommended to install Open-VM-Tools on both operating systems rather than anything else. You can read more about open-vm-tools on the VMware KB article here.

Do note that no additional repository is no longer needed!

yum -y install open-vm-tools

to start open-vm-tools just type the following command:

systemctl start vmtoolsd.service

As a side now, the new iteration also supports Paravirtual SCSI driver and VMXNet3 out of the box without installing open-vm-tools and thus is really recommended to use them for performance gain.

To enable open-vm-tools at startup, use the following command:

systemctl enable vmtoolsd.service