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For best performance, it is important to have VMware Tools installed and running in your virtual machine.
After you install VMware Tools in a Windows virtual machine, the VMware Tools services start automatically when you start the guest operating system.
When VMware Tools is running in a Windows virtual machine, the VMware Tools icon appears in the system tray unless you disable the icon.
If the VMware Tools icon is not displayed in the system tray, you can use the VMware Tools control panel in the guest operating system (Start > Settings > Control Panel) to change settings for VMware Tools. You can also reactivate the system tray icon. On the Options tab, check Show VMware Tools in the taskbar.
In a Linux or FreeBSD virtual machine, boot the guest operating system, start X and launch your graphical environment. Then you can launch the VMware Tools background application with this command:
You may run VMware Tools as root or as a normal user. To shrink virtual disks, you must run VMware Tools as root (su -).
With some window managers, you can place the command to start VMware Tools in a startup configuration so VMware Tools starts automatically when you start your graphical environment. Consult your window manager's documentation for details.