Install VMware Tools on Ubuntu

I have been working on a project that requires the use of Ubuntu Server. I had to go through the process of installing VMware tools across a few different servers, so I decided that I would document the process here.

First you’ll need to power on your VM, wait until it has finished booting, and then use the ESXi GUI to install VMware Tools.

At this point you’ll want to console into your VM, and run the following to ensure that you’re running the latest packages:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

Next you’ll want to install the required packages for VMware Tools to install:

sudo apt-get install autoconf automake binutils make cpp gcc linux-headers-$(uname -r)

The next step is to actually install VMtools:

sudo mount /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom
cd /media/cdrom
sudo cp VMware-tools-*.tar.gz /var/tmp
cd /var/tmp
sudo tar zxvf VMware-tools-*.tar.gz
cd /var/tmp/vmware-tools-distrib
sudo ./vmware-install.pl

From this point you can stick with the installation defaults and you’ll be in business!

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