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VMT(4)                NetBSD/x86 Kernel Interfaces Manual               VMT(4)

vmt -- VMware Tools driver
vmt0 at cpu0
The vmt driver is a kernel level implementation of VMware Tools. VMware Tools are intended to provide better support for operating systems run- ning inside virtual machines. vmt handles shutdown, reboot, resume requests from the host by sending events using sysmon_pswitch(9) of type PSWITCH_TYPE_POWER, PSWITCH_TYPE_RESET, and PSWITCH_TYPE_SLEEP that can be handled by powerd(8). vmt will log notifications that the guest has been suspended or resumed by the host. vmt reports the guest's hostname and first non-loopback IP address to the host. Clock synchronization The vmt driver synchronizes the virtual machine's clock with the host clock in the following situations: When the virtual machine resumes after having been suspended. Periodically with the interval indicated by the machdep.vmt0.clock_sync.period sysctl(8) variable. This is done so that the virtual machine can keep its clock synchronized when the host is suspended, because in this case the vmt driver receives no notification of such an event. Setting this tunable to zero disables clock synchronization.
The vmt driver first appeared in OpenBSD 4.4 and was then ported to NetBSD 6.0.
The vmt driver was written by David Gwynne <dlg@openbsd.org>.
vmt is known to cause a conflict with vmtoolsd(8) from open-vm-tools. vmt works by establishing an RPC channel called TCLO between VMware guest and host to receive controlling messages from the host. The problem is that vmt is essentially a subset of vmtoolsd(8), and they both use the same RPC channel, but TCLO is never meant to be simultaneously used by two distinct services in the same VM guest. So when vmtoolsd(8) is run- ning while also vmt is active, they continually fight for the channel, both get rejected by the confused VM host, and neither one can establish a stable communication line. So before launching vmtoolsd(8) the vmt driver should be detached by run- ning: # drvctl -d vmt0 And after terminating vmtoolsd(8) the vmt driver should be re-attached by running: # drvctl -r -a cpufeaturebus cpu0 NetBSD 10.99 October 6, 2013 NetBSD 10.99
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