How to Install Official VMware Tools in Kali Linux 2 Sana

Updated on February 4, 2016
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Install VMware Tools in Kali Linux 2

In this tutorial, I will show you how to install official VMware Tools in Kali Linux 2 Sana. Many articles say they show how to install VMware Tools but they show how to install Open-VM-Tools, instead of official VMware Tools. I assume you already installed Kali Linux 2 in VMware Workstation. If not, you can install Kali Linux 2 inside VMware Workstation by following the steps in How to Install Kali Linux 2 Sana in VMware Workstation 11 Step-by-Step Guide

What is VMware Tools?

VMware Tools is a suite of utilities that enhances the performance of the virtual machine’s guest operating system and improves management of the virtual machine. Installing VMware Tools in the guest operating system is vital. Although the guest operating system can run without VMware Tools, you lose important functionality and convenience.

Why Should We Install VMware Tools in Kali Linux?

It is very important that you install VMware Tools in the guest operating system. With the VMware Tools SVGA driver installed, VMware Workstation supports significantly faster graphics performance. The VMware Tools package provides support required for shared folders and for drag and drop operations.

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Update: You can also watch How to Install Official VMware Tools in Kali Linux 2 Sana Step-by-Step Video below or keep continue reading the article.


Official VMware Tools Installation Steps for Kali Linux 2 Sana

1. First, update your Kali Linux 2. To do this, open up terminal and write the command below:

Install VMware Tools in Kali Linux 2 Sana Step 1

2. Second, Install appropriate Kali Linux 2 headers by typing command below:

Install VMware Tools in Kali Linux 2 Sana Step 2

3. In the VM Menu of the VMware Workstation, Click Install VMware Tools. This mounts a virtual CD-ROM drive containing the VMware Tools installation files.

Install VMware Tools in Kali Linux 2 Sana Step 3

4. Click Open With Files on the pop-up menu inside Kali Linux.

Install VMware Tools in Kali Linux 2 Sana Step 4

5. You need to extract VMwareTools-9.x.tar.gz file. To do this, right click the file and then choose Extract To.

Install VMware Tools in Kali Linux 2 Sana Step 5

6. Choose destination. In this article I choose /tmp directory as shown below.

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Install VMware Tools in Kali Linux 2 Sana Step 6

7. Now we are ready to install VMware-Tools binaries. To do this, open up your terminal again, if it is not already opened and then write the command below in order to install VMware Tools in Kali Linux 2 with the default parameters.

Install VMware Tools in Kali Linux 2 Sana Step 7

8. After Installation is done, you need to reboot your virtual machine.

Install VMware Tools in Kali Linux 2 Sana Step 8

Installing VMware Tools in Kali Linux 2 done! After Kali Linux 2 virtual machine starts, you should be able to use drag and drop files feature and can resize or adjust vm screen.

Install VMware Tools in Kali Linux 2 Sana Step 9

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