With the VMware user process, you can use such features as copy and paste, drag and drop with VMware products that support these features.

In Linux, Solaris, and FreeBSD guest operating systems, VMware Tools uses the VMware User process executable file that implements fit-guest-to-window and Unity mode features.

The user process process starts automatically when you log in to a Windows guest operating system or, on Linux, when you start a Desktop Environment session, but you can also start it manually.

The program file for this process is called vmtoolsd.exe on Windows guest operating systems and vmusr on Linux, Solaris, and FreeBSD guest operating systems. This process supports the following tasks:

Allows you to copy and paste text between guest operating system and the vSphere Web Client or the Workstation, Fusion, or Player host operating system. For virtual machines that are used with Workstation or Fusion, you can copy and paste files between the host operating system and Windows, Linux, Solaris, and FreeBSD guest operating systems.

Allows you to copy and paste text between guest operating system and the vSphere Web Client.

On Linux, Solaris, and FreeBSD guest operating systems, grabs and releases the pointer when the SVGA driver is not installed.

On Linux, Solaris, and FreeBSD guest operating systems, fits the screen display resolution of the guest to the screen resolution of the vSphere Web Client or the Workstation, Fusion, or Player host operating system, if running in full screen mode. If running in windowed mode, fits the screen resolution of the guest to the size of the window on the client or host.

On Linux, Solaris, and FreeBSD guest operating systems, fits the screen display resolution of the guest to the screen resolution of the vSphere Web Client, if running in full screen mode. If running in windowed mode, fits the screen resolution of the guest to the size of the window on the client or host.

For virtual machines used with Workstation or Fusion, allows you to drag files between the host operating system and Windows, Linux, Solaris, and FreeBSD guest operating systems.

For VMware products that support the Unity feature, allows you to open an application window in a Windows or Linux guest operating system, enter Unity mode, and have that window appear on your Workstation, Fusion, or Player host desktop like any other host application window.