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Install OpenVM tools in Kali Linux rolling

Good Evening Friends. As of Sept 2015, VMware recommended using the distribution-specific open-vm-tools instead of the VMware Tools package for guest machines. This means that instead of Vmware tools, the users should install openVM tools specific to the guest OS. The makers of Kali Linux  have made changes to  the latest Kali rolling kernel accordingly. These openVM tools have all the needed functionality  such as file copying, clipboard copy/paste and automatic screen resizing are working perfectly. Now let us see how to install OpenVM tools in Kali Linux rolling 2016.

Open a terminal and locate the “sources.list” file. Open the “sources.list” file with any text editor. Here I opened with the Vi editor. The command is “vi /etc/apt/sources.list

When the file opens, type “i” to get into insert mode. You cannot make changes to this file unless you get into insert mode.

Now type “deb http://http.kali.org/kali kali-rolling main contrib non-free” without quotes. Hit ESC, then SHIFT+:wq to save and close the file.

Next type command apt-get update. 

Then type command apt-get install open-vm-tools-desktop fuse. When it asks if you want to continue, type Y.

After installation is over, reboot the system and you will get the screen as shown below. Happy hacking.


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