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Installing VMware Tools in a Solaris virtual machine (1023956)
Note: For an overview of installing VMware Tools, see Overview of VMware Tools (340).
- Within the vSphere Client, ensure that your Solaris virtual machine is powered on.
- If you are running a GUI interface on the Solaris virtual machine, open a command shell.
Note: Log in as a root user, or use the sudo command to complete each of these steps.
- In the vSphere Client, click VM in the virtual machine menu.
- Click Guest > Install/Upgrade VMware Tools and click OK.
- In the Solaris virtual machine, copy vmware-solaris-tools.tar.gz from /cdrom/vmwaretools to a temporary directory (/tmp/).
- The /cdrom folder may need to be created prior to continuing.
- If the CD-ROM device is not mounted, run these commands and then attempt to copy the file:
sudo svcadm enable -r volfs
- Decompress the file using gunzip command. For example:
# gunzip vmware-solaris-tools.tar.gz
- Extract the contents of the tar file with the command:
# tar xvf vmware-solaris-tools.tar
- Change directory using the command:
# cd vmware-tools-distrib
- To install the VMware Tools, run this command from the directory that you changed in step 7:
- Press Enter to accept all of the default values.
- Reboot the virtual machine for the changes to take effect.
- Check if VMware tools service is running with the command:
# /etc/init.d/vmware-tools status
You see the output similar to:
vmtoolsd is running
- Add vmware-toolbox to the list of startup commands of your desktop.
If you are using Java Desktop System, Release 3:
- Go to Launch > Preferences > Desktop Preferences > Sessions.
- Click Startup Programs tab and add these entries:
Note: If your problem still exists after trying the steps in this article, please file a support request with VMware Support and note this Knowledge Base article ID (1023956) in the problem description. For more information, see How to Submit a Support Request.
For more information on:
- VMware Tools versions, see Determine the version of VMware Tools running in a Solaris virtual machine (2030805).
- The versions of Solaris that are supported on which versions of ESX or ESXi, see the VMware Compatibility Guide.
- VMware Tools installation information, see General VMware Tools installation instructions (1014294).
- Ejecting the CD-ROM, see Solaris 10 guest cannot eject ISO image mounted as CD-ROM (1012986).
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