Suresh Payankannur

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Install VMWareTools on Ubuntu Server

I have been running Ubuntu Server Guest OS on OSX. Ubuntu server is installed without any X support. So to install VMWare Tools, which will allow to share folders between the Guest OS and host, follow these instructions:

  1. Upgrade the server
        % sudo apt-get update
        % sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
  2. Install the required packages to compile VMWare Tools
        sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers`uname -r` psmic
  3. Reboot the server
        % sudo reboot now
  4. Go to the menu bar Virtual Machine -> CD/DVD -> Choose Disk Image. Choose the file /Library/Application Support/VMWare Fusion/isoimages/
  5. Mount the CDROM on the Ubuntu Server
         % sudo mount /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom
  6. Copy the VMWare Tools from CDROM to the local
        % cp /media/cdrom/VMWareTools-8.4.5-332101.tar.gz ~/tmp
  7. Unpack VMWare Tools
        % tar xvf VMWareTools-8.4.5-332101.tar.gz
  8. Install the VMWareTools. Provide default values for all the questions.
        % cd ~/tmp/vmware-tools-distrib
        % ./
  9. Reboot the server
        % sudo reboot now


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