Installing VMWare Tools on Ubuntu
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After installing the operating system on your new virtual machine (VM) you need to update all the system packages and then install VMware tools.
Log into the vSphere server using the VMware vSphere client.
While you can run most of these commands via ssh or from a VNC session we recommend using the VMware server Console. During the install process VMware tools replaces the network driver in the guest VM. When this occurs you are disconnected from your session with processes still running, leaving your VM in an unstable state.
Power on the your VM
Click on the tab marked Console
Once your VM has completely booted
Connecting the VMware tools package to your VM from the console window.
This option is located on the Inventory button on the top left side of the page
Inventory -> Virtual Machine -> Guest -> Install/Upgrade VMware Tools
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Now click your mouse inside the window of your VM console
Log in to your VM
Open a terminal
From the command line:
To get the most recent package versions stored into cache run:
sudo apt-get update
To install new versions of Ubuntu system packages
sudo apt-get upgrade
Once you have a completely up to date OS you can install the packages that are needed to build the VMware tools kernel modules:
These must match the kernel version you are running!
To install these packages run:
sudo apt-get install autoconf automake binutils make cpp gcc linux-headers-$(uname -r)
On Server installs first run:
sudo mount /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom
then follow the instructions for desktop installs
Go to the cdrom directory
Copy the vmware tar file to /var/tmp
sudo cp VMware-tools-(VERSION-NUMBER).tar.gz /var/tmp”
Go to the directory you coped the VMware tools to:
Untar vmware tools
sudo tar zxvf VMware-tools-(VERSION-NUMBER).tar.gz
cd to the newly extracted directory
Begin the install process
Follow the on screen directions accepting all the default responses
re boot the guest os and enjoy!