Should we install the VMWare tools?



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VMWare has prompted me a couple of times to Install VMWare Tools (that must not have come with base installlation). VMWare says they "enable many features and improve .... performance". There was no mention of them in the Dezyre installation instructions. I don't like to install things that won't actually get used. The CDH3 VM appears to work fine as it is now, so unless someone specifically tells me I should install these additional tools, I will not install them.

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hi Chip,

The VM will work fine without VMWare tools, but there is no harm in installing the VMWare tools as they tend to improve the interaction between host and guest operating systems.

Thanks

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Chip,

I always install the VM Tools as part of the basic setup of the VM. They do improve the integration between the Host and the VM allowing drag and drop from host to VM for instance.
However it also allows faster graphics and better network support. The tools are basically versions of custom drivers that remap the VM to the host.


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Thank you for your recommendations. I have installed VMware tools. Due to many different versions of VMWare and virtual machines, it took a little while to figure out, so I'd like to share my experience for my class mates.

(1) I needed to add a CD/DVD Rom drive to my virtual machine so it could figure out how to mount the ISO image. I have a real CD/DVD Rom drive on my host machine, I suppose most of my classmates do as well. I guess you could do this with a virtual drive, but I did not attempt that.
(1a) With the guest running I mouse navigated: Player -> Manage -> Virtual Machine
(1b) In the Virtual Machines Settings Dialog Box on the Hardware Tab I pressed [Add] and added my CD/DVD drive. (Again it may be possible to do this with a virtual drive that can just mount ISO images, but I did not try that)
(1c) For this to take effect I did a virtual power cycle of the guest machine
(1d) I verified I could see CD/DVD Drive in Ubuntu GUI file browser by viewing "Computer" and seeing CD/DVD Drive. (There are many other ways to do this...)
(2) There is usually a prompt at bottom of VMWare window to encouraging you to install VMWare tools. If you have dismissed that or it has gone away. You can mouse navigate to Player -> Manage -> Install Virtual Machine
(2a) From that point the following link is quite accurate and helpful
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1022525

Hope that helps other