Install VMWare Tools

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We don't include all the prerequisites for VMWare tools in our repository. Here's what you have to do:

  1. To install the VMWare guest tools temporarily, add a line like this to /etc/apt/sources.list (or create a debian.list file in the /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ sub-directory):
    deb <version> main contrib non-free
    deb <version>/updates main contrib
    Where <version> is the named version of Debian that you are running. The command 'cat /etc/debian_version' will give you the numerical version which should correspond to one of the names 'jessie' (8), 'wheezy' (7), 'squeeze' (6), 'lenny' (5).
    You can also use a different Debian mirror than '' if you know of one.
  2. Run: apt-get update; apt-get install open-vm-tools
  3. Once it has finished you will want to comment out the source that were just added in /etc/apt/sources.list (or /etc/apt/sources.list.d/debian.list) and then run 'apt-get update' again. This will ensure that there is no chance of the external repositories being used in future upgrades.