I’m experiencing interesting behavior of the open-vm-tools on Ubuntu with systemd-resolved enabled (which is the default setup) :
1. There are “View all networks” section exists on the main VM summary tab of VVMware workstation (located on the very bottom) where we can see networking details reported by open-vm-tools from inside of the guest machine :
– MAC address(es)
– Connection type(s)
– IPV4 address(es)
– IPV6 address(es)
2. That section normally appears soon after the VM start when open-vm-tools is running and initialized in the guest VM.
3. When I try to use default Ubuntu that section is not appearing at all.
4. Further investigation showed that if I remove “search” line from the /etc/resolv.conf that section appearing almost immediately once I save changes on the guest VM.
5. I took a look at the open-vm-tools source code and it looks like it might be related to the following changes:
Author: Oliver Kurth <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed Dec 11 10:19:09 2019 -0800
nicinfo: report real nameservers used when using systemd-resolved
If systemd-resolved is used, report the external DNS server, not the
locally installed one. This is detected by checking if /etc/resolv.conf
is a link to /run/systemd/resolve/stub-resolv.conf. In that case,
/run/systemd/resolve/resolv.conf will hold the actual DNS server. See
but it seems like open-vm-tools can not finish initialization for some reason.
I see this behavior on VMware workstation for Linux and Windows.
VMware workstation 15.5.6 build-16341506 used.
Ubuntu 18.04 and 20.04 with all updates installed.as of 19 Aug 2020.
Is it expected behavior ? if not – how could it be fixed as having “view all networks” section is handy to see current VM networking configuration.