Friday, November 14, 2014

Fusion 7 upgrade and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS startup shutdown scripts fail.


Upon upgrading VMWare Fusion 6 to version 7, I had an issue with my Xubuntu 14.04 vmware-tools.

Upon Startup I would receive the warning:

The VMware Tools power-on script did not run successfully in this virtual machine. If you have configured a custom power-on script in this virtual machine, make sure that it contains no errors. You can also submit a support request to report this issue.

And upon shutdown, I would receive the warning:

The request to halt this virtual machine failed because the corresponding VMware Tools script did not run successfully. If you have configured a custom halt script in this virtual machine, please inspect it for errors; otherwise, please submit a support request.

Typically I use the repository's open-vm-tools, so i tried to reinstall them, but this did not resolve the issue.  I uninstalled open-vm-tools and installed the vmware-tools from Fusion, but this did not resolve the issue either.

When i searched the repository, I noticed a new group of tools containing the keywords open-vm-tools-lts-trusty*, so I i uninstalled vmware-tools with the command:


I purged any instances of open-vm-tools like so:

sudo apt-get purge open-vm-tools*

I then installed the LTS version of the open-vm-tools:

sudo aptitude install open-vm-tools-lts-dkms open-vm-tools-lts-desktop open-vm-toolbox-lts-trusty

Upon reboot, I had no more warning and things worked as expected.


  1. Thanks. I had display problem where x wouldn't dynamically resize and otherwise awkward, but with open-vm-tools the dynamic resize is working ok

  2. Thank you, I owe you lunch at McDonalds for helping with this.

    1. woot! Big Mac please; lmao -- Glad it helped!

  3. This is the current fix for 14.04:

    admin@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools-lts-trusty-dkms open-vm-tools-lts-trusty-desktop open-vm-toolbox-lts-trusty


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