Manually Install or Upgrade VMware Tools in a Linux Virtual Machine

VMware Tools is a suite of utilities that enhances the performance of the virtual machines guest operating system and improves management of the virtual machine…

Manually Install or Upgrade VMware Tools in a Linux Virtual Machine

For Linux virtual machines, you manually install or upgrade VMware Tools by using the command line.
Install the latest version of VMware Tools to enhance the performance of the virtual machine’s guest operating system and improve virtual machine management. When you power on a virtual machine, if a new version of VMware Tools is available, you see a notification in the status bar of the guest operating system.
Prerequisites

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Manually Install or Upgrade VMware Tools in a Linux Virtual Machine

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.

STEP 1
On the host, from the Player menu bar, select Player > Manage > Install VMware Tools.
If an earlier version of VMware Tools is installed, the menu item is Update VMware Tools.

STEP 2
In the virtual machine, log in to the guest operating system as root and open a terminal window.

STEP 3
Run the mount command with no arguments to determine whether your Linux distribution automatically mounted the VMware Tools virtual CD-ROM image.
If the CD-ROM device is mounted, the CD-ROM device and its mount point are listed as something like this:
/dev/cdrom on /mnt/cdrom type iso9660 (ro,nosuid,nodev)

STEP 4
If the VMware Tools virtual CD-ROM image is not mounted, mount the CD-ROM drive.

STEP 4i
If a mount point directory does not already exist, create it.
mkdir /mnt/cdrom
Some Linux distributions use different mount point names. For example, on some distributions the mount point is /media/VMware Tools rather than /mnt/cdrom. Modify the command to reflect the conventions that your distribution uses.

STEP 4ii
Mount the CD-ROM drive.
mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom
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 the command to reflect the conventions that your distribution uses.

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Manually Installing and Upgrading VMware Tools 

Manually Install or Upgrade VMware Tool in a Linux Virtual Machine

STEP 5
Change to a working directory (for example, /tmp).
cd /tmp

STEP 6
Delete any previous vmware-tools-distrib directory before you install VMware Tool.
The location of this directory depends on where you placed it during the previous installation. Often this directory is placed in /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib.

STEP 7
List the contents of the mount point directory and note the filename of the VMware Tools tar installer.
ls mount-point

STEP 8
Uncompress the installer.
tar zxpf /mnt/cdrom/VMwareTools-x.x.x-yyyy.tar.gz
The value x.x.x is the product version number, and yyyy is the build number of the product release.
If you attempt to install a tar installation over an RPM installation, or the reverse, the installer detects the previous installation and must convert the installer database format before continuing.

STEP 9
If necessary, unmount the CD-ROM image.
umount /dev/cdrom
If your Linux distribution automatically mounted the CD-ROM, you do not need to unmount the image.

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Manually Installing and Upgrading VMware Tool

Manually Install or Upgrade VMware Tool in a Linux Virtual Machine

STEP 10
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.

STEP 11
Respond to the prompts by pressing Enter to accept the default values, if appropriate for your configuration.

STEP 12
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.

The following sections describe how to install VMware Tools:

Official VMware site >>VMware<<

Upgrading VMwareTools

VMwareTools for Windows Guests

Installing VMwareTools in a NetWare Virtual Machine

VMwareTools for FreeBSD Guests

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