For Solaris virtual machines, you manually install or upgrade VMware Tools by using the command line.
Before you begin
Power on the virtual machine.
Verify that the guest operating system is running.
Because the VMware Tools installer is written in Perl, verify that Perl is installed in the guest operating system.
For vSphere virtual machines, determine whether you have the latest version of VMware Tools. In the vSphere Client inventory, select the virtual machine and click the Summary tab.
About this task
- Mount the VMware Tools virtual disc on the guest operating system.
vSphere Web Client
Right-click the virtual machine and select.
- In the virtual machine, log in to the guest operating system as root and open a terminal window.
- If the Solaris volume manager does not mount the CD-ROM under /cdrom/vmwaretools, restart the volume manager.
/etc/init.d/volmgt stop /etc/init.d/volmgt start
- Change to a working directory, for example, /tmp.
- Extract VMware Tools.
gunzip -c /cdrom/vmwaretools/vmware-solaris-tools.tar.gz | tar xf -
- Run the installer and configure VMware Tools.
cd vmware-tools-distrib ./vmware-install.pl
Usually, the vmware-config-tools.pl configuration file runs after the installer file finishes running.
- Follow the prompts to accept the default values, if appropriate for your configuration.
- Follow the instructions at the end of the script.
Depending on the features you use, these instructions can include restarting the X session, restarting networking, logging in again, and starting the VMware User process. You can alternatively reboot the guest operating system to accomplish all these tasks.
If you are using vCenter Server, the VMware Tools label on the Summary tab changes to OK.
What to do next
If you upgraded VMware Tools as part of a vSphere upgrade, next determine whether to upgrade the virtual machines in your environment. To review and compare the hardware available for different compatibility levels, see the vSphere Virtual Machine Administration documentation.