We have machines running Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 7.x. We are not sure what is the best thing to do with regards to VMware support.

We have two options

  1. install open-vm-tools (from Red Hat)


  1. install VMware binary packages from VMware

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open-vm-tools is developed by VMware, see their GitHub page for details. That page provides the following answer to your question:

It is recommended that open-vm-tools be used for the Linux distributions where open-vm-tools is available. VMware will not provide OSPs for operating systems where open-vm-tools is available.

So you should install open-vm-tools rather than the binary packages provided by VMware.

This Red Hat customer portal page is also relevant (but you need a portal account to view it). See also this VMware knowledgebase article on the topic, which says open-vm-tools ...

Eliminates the need to separately install VMware Tools when open-vm-tools is bundled with the operating system because open-vm-tools is a fully-supported open source implementation of VMware Tools.

  • btw - I find the open-vm-tools as part of redhat repo , so I if this pkg is under VM-ware responsibility then why red-hat take care about it? , I mean why this pkg not under VM-ware responsibility ?
    – yael
    Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 15:08
  • I think VMware forked it. Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 15:24
  • sorry but what you mean - forked it. ?
    – yael
    Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 15:27
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    No, it's not forked. The RHEL package is hosted by Red Hat, like all official RHEL packages. The VMware GitHub page hosts the “upstream” code (used in all distributions), Red Hat hosts RHEL-specific packaging. Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 15:47

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