Installing VMWare tools is annoying if you are using trimmed production servers. (Not wanting to install the complete development environment) Below is a quick cheat sheet for installing the vmware tools inside Ubuntu. Of course this also has the great benefit where the VMWare tools are upgraded with your normal upgrade routine.
This method stops the installation of all X11 dependancies (which a server shouldn't have). I also expects that your using the virtual kernel but it will work if you are using the normal kernel (change the first line to match).
apt-get install linux-headers-virtual
apt-get install --no-install-recommends open-vm-dkms
apt-get install --no-install-recommends open-vm-tools
I didn't find this useful nitbit. I just documented it for myself and use it quite frequently.