Linux – install vmware tools onto guest

fire up the vm, then run the following after initiating a vmware tools install…

mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom
cd /tmp
tar zxf /mnt/cdrom/VMwareTools-x.x.x.gz
cd vmware-tools-disstrib
./vmware-install.pl

Then just follow the prompts through to the end.

If your running fedora or similar make sure your’ve got gcc and kernel headers…. (you’ll probably have to update kernel too)

yum update
shutdown -r now
yum install -y gcc make kernel-devel perl

Ubuntu 12.x

apt-get install open-vm-tools

some notes from fedora 13…

Did you also copy the missing/misplaced include file?

(Having just updated the kernel I am getting the original messages, so have copied them below as I workaround the problem)

= = = First I get:

What is the location of the directory of C header files that match your running
kernel? [/usr/src/linux/include] /usr/src/kernels/2.6.33.5-112.fc13.x86_64/include

The directory of kernel headers (version @@VMWARE@@ UTS_RELEASE) does not match
your running kernel (version 2.6.33.5-112.fc13.x86_64). Even if the module
were to compile successfully, it would not load into the running kernel.

= = = Then over in another session at
/usr/src/kernels/2.6.33.5-112.fc13.x86_64/include

[Tom@tlsf13a include]$ find . -iname ‘*relea*’
./config/kernel.release
./generated/utsrelease.h
[Tom@tlsf13a include]$ sudo cp -p generated/utsrelease.h linux/

= = = Then back in first session:

What is the location of the directory of C header files that match your running
kernel? [/usr/src/linux/include] /usr/src/kernels/2.6.33.5-112.fc13.x86_64/include

Extracting the sources of the vmmemctl module.

= = = and the vmware-config-tools.pl runs ….
(well, all but vmci builds … :-/ )

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