Just trying to understand if vmtools installation is a requirement to be able to build a VMs on ESXi. I can understand it when DHCP IP address is in use then to be able to connect back VM IP should be somehow exctracted but what about static IPs? Even when I build a Linux VM with static IP and ssh_host defined packer doesnt use it. This is different from Hyper-V when ssh_host with static IP is working without I install hyperv-daemons.
Can some one confirm that vmtools are abosolutely must in case I need some advanced VM customisations?