Install VMWare Tools on Ubuntu Server

28.04.2009
von Mario Rasser

How to install VMWare Tools on Ubuntu (tested on Ubuntu 8.10 and 8.04 LTS) in a rush:

  • Within your VMWare Infrastructure Client or WebGUI do a “Install VMWare Tools”
  • VMWare will provide a ISO Image with the VMWare Tools to the Virtual Machine
  • SSH to the Ubuntu Server you want the VMWare Tools be installed
  • OPTIONAL but prefered:
    sudo su -
    aptitude update
    aptitude full-upgrade
  • do the following steps as root or prefix a sudo:
    aptitude install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r`
    mount /dev/cdrom
    cd /media/cdrom0/
    cp VMwareTools-2.0.0-122956.tar.gz /usr/src/
    cd /usr/src/
    tar xfzv VMwareTools-2.0.0-122956.tar.gz
    cd vmware-tools-distrib/
    ./vmware-install.pl
    # answer the question via defaults
    init 6

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