For Solaris virtual machines, you manually install or upgrade VMware Tools by using the command line.
- 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.
- On the host, from the Workstation Pro menu bar, select
. If an earlier version of VMware Tools is installed, the menu item is Update VMware Tools.
- 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.
What to do next
If a new virtual hardware version is available for the virtual machine, upgrade the virtual hardware.