Debian 8 Linux Guest Fails to Shut Down After Installing open-vm-tools

After installing open-vm-tools, ESXi reported that VMware Tools were Installed and running on the Debian 8 guest. However any attempt to gracefully power off the guest within ESXi would fail with these errors:

Also present in the logs was this error:

For this scenario, the solution was to first uninstall open-vm-tools. For Debian / Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get remove open-vm-tools

then install open-vm-tools-desktop

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools-desktop

You should then be able to power off and power on the guest within ESXi.