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 Commented 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
    Commented Jun 13, 2022 at 7:09

It should generally be fixed by restarting:

sudo systemctl restart open-vm-tools

but sometimes the work is more complicated and you have to reinstall ref

sudo apt remove open-vm-tools
sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install open-vm-tools
sudo apt install open-vm-tools open-vm-tools-desktop
sudo reboot

Install from host link. for more detail see vmware docs

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