Friday, December 17, 2010

Linux Fedora 14, CentOS and Others - Install of VMware Tools

Here is how to install vmware-tools on a Fedora Linux 13, Fedora Linux 14 and CentOS 5 guest.

First, Install the Dependencies:

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

Perform an update to make sure you have the latest kernel, reboot Fedora, and then install the following packages: gcc, make, kernel-devel, and perl. Make sure the kernel and kernel-devel packages are the exact same version. If you are running 32-bit Fedora, install the kernel-PAE-devel package.

Next, Prepare the vmware-tools Installer:

]$ mkdir /mnt/cdrom
]$ mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom
]$ cd /tmp
]$ tar zxpf /mnt/cdrom/VMwareTools-8.4.2-261058.tar.gz
]$ umount /dev/cdrom

In the Virtual Machine menu, select Install VMware Tools. VMware Fusion will make an image appear to Fedora. Mount the image, uncompress the installer files to the temporary directory, and then unmount the image.

Finally, Execute the Installer:

]$ cd vmware-tools-distrib
]$ ./

Change to the vmware-tools-distrib directory and execute the Perl script, and then follow the prompts. As long as the dependencies were installed correctly, and the version of the kernel headers match the currently running kernel, the installer will automatically find all the directories that it needs.

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