How to Install VMWare Guest Tools on Ubuntu

How To Install VMWare Tools v4 on Ubuntu

Tested With: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Server, Ubuntu 11.10 Server

All the guides I found on the Internet, including VMWare’s website were outdated in some way, so I decided to write a guide of my own. I just went through these steps from start to finish on a fresh server and had no problems.

1. Use Install VMWare Tools option in VMWare Client to attach media

2. Update the server

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade

3. Create the mount point

sudo mkdir -p /media/cdrom

4. Mount the ISO

sudo mount /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom

You should see the message: mount: block device /dev/sr0 is write-protected, mounting read-only

5. Change Directory

cd /media/cdrom

6. Copy the tar file to your /tmp directory

sudo cp VM*.tar.gz /tmp

7. Install Build tools if necessary

sudo apt-get install linux-headers-server build-essential

8. Change Directory

cd /tmp

9. Unmount the ISO

sudo umount /media/cdrom

10. Expand the tar

sudo tar xzvf VM*.tar.gz

11. Change Directory

cd vmware-tools-distrib

12. (Only for Ubuntu 11.x) To prevent a potential error in the install script on Ubuntu 11.10, create a special directory.
Error: Unable to create symlink “/usr/lib64/” pointing to file ”/usr/lib/vmware-tools/lib64/”.

sudo mkdir /usr/lib64

13. Run the Install Script. The -d flag automatically answers the default to all questions. To customize it, just omit the -d.

sudo ./ -d

14. Reboot

sudo reboot
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