CentOS (RHEL) Installing VMware Tools in ESX

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This was a much more complicated job than I expected it to be! The following procedure is done on CentOS 6, so will be the same for Red Hat Enterprise 6.


1. Connect to the server via SSH, (or open a terminal session). Logon as, (or su to) root.

2. Execute the following commands;

yum install make gcc kernel-devel kernel-headers glibc-headers perl mkdir /mnt/cdrom

3. Then present the VMware tools CD to the virtual machine, by connecting to the VI client > right click the VM > Guest > Install/Upgrade VMware tools.

Install / Upgrade VMware tools

4. Execute the following commands;

mount -t iso9660 /dev/cdrom/ /mnt/cdrom cp /mnt/cdrom/VMware-Tools*.tar.gz /tmp/ cd /tmp/ tar xvfz VMwareTools*.tar.gz cd /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib ./vmware-install.pl -d

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