Monday, December 28, 2009

Starting VMware tools

Brief description: If VMware tools stops running or doesn't start up correctly, it needs to be started manually.

Problem description: Functions like cut/paste, ctrl/alt/insert, and general mouse function stop working in the gui on a VM.

Solution: This may be simple enough that it doesn't merit an entry, but losing the functionality can be frustrating (if the tools are crashing repeatedly it needs more mitigation than simply starting the tools)

Windows:
  • From the command prompt
  • sc start VMTools

Linux
  • nohup /etc/init.d/vmware-tools start