Install VMware Tools
The following guide can be used to install VMware Tools on linux guest operating systems. This should work with most versions of ESX and VMWare Workstation.
In this example I am using VMWare Workstation 9 and installing VMware Tools from the Command Line with the Tar Installer.
- Ensure guest operating system is installed and updated.
- Install perl & dependencies
yum install perl -y
- Perform a clone or snapshot before continuing.
- Mount the VMware Tools cdrom.
Right click guest > Install VMware Tools (depending on platform).
The remaining steps take place inside the virtual machine.
Extracting the installer
First create a directory to mount the cdrom.
mkdir /mnt/cdrom mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom
Now change to a working directory and extract the tar installer.
cd /tmp tar zxpf /mnt/cdrom/VMwareTools-9.0.0-<xxxx>.tar.gz
Hint: Just press TAB on your keyboard from
/VMwareTools- to complete the filename for the latest version.
Now unmout the tools cdrom:
Installing VMware Tools
Run the VMware Tools tar installer
cd vmware-tools-distrib ./vmware-install.pl
Respond to the configuration questions on the screen. Press Enter to accept the default value.Reboot!