I just installed a fresh openSuSE 13.2 VM onto ESXi 6. I did the VMware-install.pl process and it completes successfully, reporting as installed. However, both our monitoring software (What's Up Gold) and VSphere itself report that VMWare-Tools is not installed.

I've rebooted, uninstalled, reinstalled, rebooted some more, etc. Seems like perhaps I'm missing some secret setup trick, but I've installed this version of openSuSE, with VMWare-Tools, on previous versions of ESXi with no problems. Other openSuSE VMs installed previously have survived the ESXi 5.5 to 6 upgrade intact (no VMWare Tools issues there). Is there a change required for fresh openSuSE VMs in ESXi 6.0?


I think you're supposed to use open-vm-tools for that OS/hypervisor combination.

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  • Well, my results are the same with open-vm-tools. Installs, says it's running, but is not detected by VSphere. – Brian Knoblauch Jul 8 '15 at 19:41
  • Ended up doing a VMWare-Tools install process, but rebooting the server at the point in the script when it finishes uninstalling, but before it does the re-install (on the guess that maybe a regular uninstall was ineffective). Then I installed Open-VM-Tools and enabled it as a service. Was immediately recognized by WUG and VSphere. – Brian Knoblauch Jul 8 '15 at 20:11

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