I am running Ubuntu 15.10 in VMware Workstation 12 Player on Windows 7. Since VMware has stopped updating VMware Tools or something, I have to use open-vm-tools. Unfortunately, it doesn't resize the display. My installation is something of a mess because I've been toying around with the GitHub release, had some problems removing VMware Tools resulting in a partial install, and installed from source code meaning I can't likewise uninstall.

How can I get open-vm-tools to work and properly resize the display?

  • Use KVM + spice - native support ;)
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You need to install open-vm-tools-desktop, just open-vm-tools is for console only VMs.

  • This should be the accepted answer.
    – LMC
    Aug 24, 2016 at 20:12
  • That's the answer. Wish I could find this easier.
    – qweruiop
    Mar 31, 2017 at 2:23

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