To give a little background, i'm trying to prepare a Vagrant environment that I will use for WordPress development. I downloaded the Precise_64 VMWare Workstation box and configured the Vagrant Plugin and can start up the VM and SSH into it with no issues. As a standard thing while working with all boxes (to mimic my production environment) I do apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade to have the latest version of core packages before I go installing other things.

At some point down the line I do a vagrant reload and it fails while loading the "HGFS Kernel Module" and says I cannot use shared directories without it loading. I then SSH into the machine and noticed that the VMWare Tools process is not even running. I was able to recreate this on another machine and on a new machine that the dist-upgrade stops VMWare Tools from loading on reboot. How can I fix this so when I start a new VM and update things I won't have to deal with this issue anymore?

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    Was the kernel updated? You need to run vmware-config-tools.pl every time a different kernel gets installed so that the drivers get rebuilt. Jan 29, 2014 at 21:42
  • I assume it was. Where is the vmware-config-tools.pl located? @MarkPlotnick Jan 29, 2014 at 21:45
  • Found it, it works now. Kind of frustrating that I have to do this after every kernel update, but thank you for your help! Can you add it as an answer so I can give you credit? @MarkPlotnick Jan 29, 2014 at 21:50

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VMware tools use VMware-supplied kernel modules, generally found in /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/misc/. When a new version of the kernel is installed, the kernel modules need to be recompiled.

Running vmware-config-tools.pl will recompile and install them.

vmware-config-tools.pl is usually in /usr/bin, but may be in /usr/local/bin or elsewhere, depending on where the VMware tools package was installed.

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