I'm learning Linux. I have installed Metasploitable2 on VMware workstation. I am unable to install VMware tools on my VM, so I can do copying/pasting etc. How can this be done? I know I first need to mount the virtual drive but after that I'm stuck. Also, should I be using su for this?

  • Are you using kali linux 2 ? – GAD3R Mar 8 '16 at 9:47
  • @GAD3R I am using Kali Linux (kali-linux-2016.1-amd64.iso) but how is that relevant since Metasploitable2 is it's own virtual machine? – JakeP Mar 8 '16 at 11:32
  • Yes of course Metasploitable2 is a VM and metasploit is a program, please edit. – GAD3R Mar 8 '16 at 11:37
  • List the contents of the mount point directory and note if the filename of the VMware Tools tar installer exist or not. – GAD3R Mar 8 '16 at 11:50
  • @GAD3R how do you do that? – JakeP Mar 8 '16 at 21:42

Do not use the VmWare Tools from Vmware.

If using Debian, Ubuntu or Kali, you can install the open-vm-tools with:

sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools

From https://packages.debian.org/jessie/open-vm-tools

The Open Virtual Machine Tools (open-vm-tools) project is an open source implementation of VMware Tools. It is a suite of virtualization utilities and drivers to improve the functionality, user experience and administration of VMware virtual machines.

Usually, the open VM Tools are simpler to install and manage, and are also automatically upgraded when upgrading the operating system.

As Metaspoitable2 is based of Ubuntu, the best be would be to find a compatible deb of open-vm-tools and try to install it; however I am not familiar with that distribution.

  • It says coudln't find package open-vm-tools – JakeP Mar 9 '16 at 4:57
  • I'm running Metasploitable2 – JakeP Mar 9 '16 at 4:58
  • I added to the answer. – Rui F Ribeiro Mar 9 '16 at 7:02

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