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Monday, December 15, 2008

Installing VMWare Tools on Ubuntu JeOS

If your not familiar with Ubuntu's vm optimised version of linux check out it out here.

Here is a snippet however showing how to install VMware's VM-Tools package in the Ubuntu JeOS guest.

Installing VMware Tools

VMWare Tools will allow to have a better control of our appliance by the VMware environment, so it is a pretty good idea to set it up. For Ubuntu 8.04 you will have to get VmwareTools version 6.0.3 or later, 6.0.2 won't compile.

* First setup our environement by installing the build tools:

sudo aptitude install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r)


* Next install the package psmisc to get killall that is required by the VMware tools

sudo aptitude install psmisc


*Next should ask VMware to mount the VMwareTools CD by clicking on VM > Install VMware Tools… in the VMware Server menu.

* Mount the cdrom

mount /media/cdrom0


* copy the tools to the tmp directory and uncompress them

sudo cp -a /media/cdrom0/VMwareTools*.gz /tmp/
cd /tmp/
sudo tar -xzvf VMwareTools*.gz


* run the vmware-install.pl script accepting all the defaults

cd vmware-tools-distrib/
sudo ./vmware-install.pl

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