Install VMWare Tools on Ubuntu Server
- Update your sources
- Upgrade your installed packages and force kernel upgrade
- Now reboot
- back to super user
- Update your kernel:
- Now you are ready to install VMWare tools.
- Mount the VMWare Tools CD ISO
- Copy VMware Tools
- Go tmp
- Change to extracted directory
- Start the installer
- sym link and name vmSharedFolder
I don't often install Ubuntu server on a Virtual Machine (VM) so I've documented the process here. Usually you can just click "install VMWare tools" and VMWare will complete the process automatically.
Note: I have tested this on VMWare workstation 7.0 and Ubuntu 9.10 to 11.10 is also works on Lubuntu and Xubuntu. Once you have Ubuntu server installed run the following commands.
#Change to super user sudo -i #Update your sources apt-get update #Upgrade your installed packages and force kernel upgrade apt-get dist-upgrade ### # Now reboot ### reboot #back to super user sudo -i #Update your kernel: apt-get install linux-headers-server build-essential ### # Now you are ready to install VMWare tools. ### #Mount the VMWare Tools CD ISO mkdir /mnt/cdrom mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom #Copy VMware Tools cp /mnt/cdrom/VmwareTools-x.x.x-xxxxx.tar.gz /tmp #Go tmp cd /tmp #Extract tar -zxf VmwareTools-x.x.x-xxxxx.tar.gz #Change to extracted directory cd vmware-tools-distrib #Start the installer ./vmware-install.pl
The default settings have always worked for me (within a vm) so I hit enter a lot. Anyone know how to automatically choose all the default options for quicker install?
Using Shared folders
After a reboot you can use tools such as Shared folders. I like to sym link my shared folders to my home directory as I tend to forget the mount directory (hgfs) location.
#move to home dir cd #sym link and name vmSharedFolder ln -s /mnt/hgfs/ vmSharedFolder