[How To] Install VMWare Tools on a Linux VM
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To install VMware Tools in a Linux guest operating system using Compiler:
- Ensure that your Linux virtual machine is powered on.
- If you are running a GUI interface, open a command shell.
Note: Log in as a root user, or use the command to complete each of these steps.
- Click VM in the virtual machine menu, then click Guest > Install/Upgrade VMware Tools.
- Click OK.
Note: In some cases, verify that the CDROM device is Connected from within the Edit Settings option of the virtual machine.
- To create a mount point, run:
- To mount the CDROM, run:
- To copy the Compiler gzip tar file to a temporary local directory, run:
Where is the VMware Tools package version.
- To determine the version of VMware tools, run:
You see output similar to:
- To change to the
- To change directory to
and run the PERL script to install VMware Tools, run:
- Complete the screen prompts to install the VMware Tools. Options in square brackets are default choices and can be selected by pressing Enter.
- To compile VMware Tools successfully, you need gcc Compiler and Linux Kernel sources provided by your Linux distribution. Consult your Linux distribution documentation for details on methods to install these packages.
- It is normal for the console screen to go blank for a short time during the installation when the display size changes.
- Some warnings or errors are normal, like when a files does not exist.
- Depending on the Linux distribution, your network service might restart after installation. VMware recommends that you invoke this command from the console and not remotely.
- If you are running a GUI interface, restart your X Window session for any mouse or graphics changes to take effect.
- To start VMware Tools running in the background during an X Window session, run:
- Depending on your environment, you may need to unmount the CD-ROM. To unmount the CD-ROM, run:
- Depending on your environment, you may need to manually end the VMware Tools installation. To end the VMware Tools install, clickVM in the virtual machine menu, then click Guest > End VMware Tools Install.
- To remove VMware Tools installation packages, run: