For FreeBSD 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 distribution does not automatically mount CD-ROMs, mount the VMware Tools virtual CD-ROM image.
For example, type mount /cdrom.
- Change to a working directory, for example, /tmp.
- Untar the VMware Tools .tar.gz file.
tar zxpf /cdrom/vmware-freebsd-tools.tar.gz
- If the distribution does not use automounting, unmount the VMware Tools virtual CD-ROM image.
- 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.