You can use the Linux tar or RPM utilities to install VMware tools on a Linux guest OS.

Prerequisites

  • The VMware Remote Console application installed.

  • The virtual machine is powered on.

  • With an existing installation, delete the vmware-tools-distrib directory before you install. The location of this directory depends on where you placed it during the previous installation (such as, tmp/vmware-tools-distrib).

Procedure

  1. Click My Cloud.
  2. In the left pane, click VMs.
  3. Select a Linux virtual machine, right-click, and select Install VMware Tools.
  4. Right-click the virtual machine again and click Popout Console.
  5. In the guest operating system, log in as root (su-), mount the VMware Tools virtual CD-ROM image, and change to a working directory (for example,  /tmp.

    Some Linux distributions automatically mount CD-ROMs. If your distribution uses automounting, do not use the mount and unmount commands. You still must untar the VMware Tools installer to /tmp. Some Linux distributions use different device names or organize the /dev directory differently. If your CD-ROM drive is not /dev/cdrom, or if the mount point for a CD-ROM is not /mnt/cdrom, modify these commands to reflect the conventions used by your distribution.

    mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom
    cd /tmp
  6. Uncompress the installer and unmount the CD-ROM image.

    If you install an RPM installation over a tar installation, or the reverse, the installer detects the previous installation and must convert the installer database format before continuing.

    Option

    Action

    In the tar installer

    At the command prompt, type tar zxpf /mnt/cdrom/VMwareTools-n.n.n-xxxxxx.tar.gz unmount /dev/cdrom where n.n.n is the VMware Tools version and xxxxxx is the build or revision number of the release.

    In the RPM installer

    At the command prompt, type tar zxpf /mnt/cdrom/VMwareTools-n.n.n-xxxxxx.i386.gz unmount /dev/cdrom where n.n.n is the VMware Tools version and xxxxxxis the build or revision number of the release.

  7. Run the installer.

    Option

    Action

    In the tar installer

    Type cd vmware-tools-distrib./vmware-install.pl. Press Enter to accept the default values.

    In the RPM installer

    Configure VMware Tools, type vmware-config-tools.pl Press Enter to accept the default values.

  8. After the upgrade is complete, restart the network by running /etc/init.d/network restart.
  9. Type exit.
  10. Start your graphical environment.
  11. In an X terminal, run vmware-toolbox &.