Sometimes my Ubuntu virtual machine looses copy/paste from windows host functionality. I'm too lazy restart whole machine. How to restart just vmware tools?

  • Start the process after a VMware Tools software upgrade, or if certain features are not working. Open a terminal window and type the vmware-user command. Ref link Apr 2, 2018 at 10:05

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This worked for me when the resolution of my Ubuntu 18.10 VM wasn't updating automatically:

sudo systemctl restart open-vm-tools

I'm using open-vm-tools/open-vm-tools-desktop 2:10.3.0-0ubuntu3.

  • What if we didn't install the VM Tools using command line and we installed it from VMWare's menu? Well I guess in that case, it would be: vmware-tools.service
    – Shayan
    Jun 13, 2022 at 7:09

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