Installing VMware tools on Linux

Many users has a problem with installation of VMware tools for Linux virtual machines. so I decided to post quick guidance how to do it. To be honest, is a simple task. In my example I used a RedHat 6.1 64bit version.

  1. Mount VMware tools ISO to your Linux VM – from a vSphere client Right click on VM –> Guest –> install\Upgrade VMware Tools
  2. Login to Linux guest OS either via VMware console o putty
  3. Type mount  to list all mounted devices on your system, one of them should be media with VMware tools
  4. change directory to /media/VMware Tools/
  5. Copy tar.gz package to temporary location cp/tmp
  6. change directory to cd /tmp
  7. unpack package: firstly do gzip -d package name> ,secondly tar -xvf < tar package name>
  8. After unpack operation, under /tmp  you should see folder with VMware tools called vmware-tools-distrib

  9. Change directory to vmware-tools-distrib
  10. execute installation script ./
  11. Follow installation wizard – leave default values suggested by installer
  12. After installation completed – Restart VM and verify VMware tools status on VM summary windows  in vSphere client

Artur Krzywdzinski

Artur is Consulting Architect at Nutanix. He has been using, designing and deploying VMware based solutions since 2005 and Microsoft since 2012. He specialize in designing and implementing private and hybrid cloud solution based on VMware and Microsoft software stacks, datacenter migrations and transformation, disaster avoidance. Artur holds VMware Certified Design Expert certification (VCDX #077).