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How to Install VMware Tools on pfSense

This tutorial will show you how to install VMware Tools on a pfSense virtual firewall.

After installing pfSense on a VMware vSphere virtual machine, you may notice VMware Tools is not automatically installed like it is on some modern versions of Linux.

As you can see in the image above, VMware Tools is not installed and we can’t do a graceful shutdown or restart from the vSphere web client. This means we have to login to the firewall every time we want to shut down or restart the VM.

Let’s fix that problem by installing VMware Tools.

How to Install VMware Tools on pfSense

The following steps have been tested on pfSense Version 2.4.4-RELEASE-p3 running on VMware vSphere ESXi 6.7.

Login to pfSense.

Click System then Package Manager.

Click Available Packages then search for vmware. Click Install on the Open-VM-Tools package.

Click Confirm to install VMware Tools.

Wait for the VMware Tools installation to finish.

Now when you click on the pfSense VM in the vSphere client, you should see VMware Tools is installed and the Power off button has changed to Shut down.

Conclusion

In this tutorial, we learned how to install VMware Tools on a pfSense virtual machine, making it possible to do a graceful shut down or restart from the vSphere web client.