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Installing VMware Tools in a Solaris virtual machine (1023956)


This article provides steps to install VMware Tools in a Solaris guest operating system.

Note: For an overview of installing VMware Tools, see Overview of VMware Tools (340).


To install VMware Tools in a Solaris guest operating system:
  1. Within the vSphere Client, ensure that your Solaris virtual machine is powered on.
  2. 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.

  3. In the vSphere Client, click VM in the virtual machine menu.
  4. Click Guest > Install/Upgrade VMware Tools and click OK.
  5. 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:

      cd /var/svc/profile
      sudo svcadm enable -r volfs
  1. Decompress the file using gunzip command. For example:

    # gunzip vmware-solaris-tools.tar.gz

  2. Extract the contents of the tar file with the command:

    # tar xvf vmware-solaris-tools.tar

  3. Change directory using the command:

    # cd vmware-tools-distrib

  4. To install the VMware Tools, run this command from the directory that you changed in step 7:

    # ./

  5. Press Enter to accept all of the default values.
  6. Reboot the virtual machine for the changes to take effect.
  7. 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

  8. Add vmware-toolbox to the list of startup commands of your desktop.

    If you are using Java Desktop System, Release 3:
    1. Go to Launch > Preferences > Desktop Preferences > Sessions.
    2. 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.

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11/30/2012 - Added link to article 2030805 10/13/2014 - Added Note under 5th step of the Resolution section

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