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Installing VMware Tools in a Linux virtual machine using Red Hat Package Manager (RPM) (1018392)

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This article provides steps to install VMware Tools in a Linux guest operating system using Red Hat Package Manager (RPM).
Note: For an overview of installing VMware Tools, see Overview of VMware Tools (340).


To install VMware Tools in a Linux guest operating system using RPM:
  1. Ensure that your Linux virtual machine is powered on.
  2. If you are running a GUI interface, open a command shell.
  3. Click VM in the virtual machine menu, then click Guest > Install/Upgrade VMware Tools and click OK.
  4. To create a mount point, run:

    mkdir /mnt/cdrom

  5. To mount the CDROM, run:

    mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom

  6. To install VMware Tools using RPM, run:

    rpm -ivh /mnt/cdrom/VMwareTools-version.rpm

    Where <version> is the version of VMware Tools you want to install

    To check the existing version of VMware Tools, u
    se the "cd" command to go to /mnt/cdrom/ directory and list the contents of the directory with the command # ls.

    Note:You can only perform the install as a root user or by using the sudo command.

  7. To configure VMware Tools for your running kernel, run:


  8. To unmount the CDROM, run:

    umount /mnt/cdrom

  9. To end the VMware Tools install, click VM in the virtual machine menu, then clickGuest > End VMware Tools Install.

Additional Information

For general VMware Tools installation information, see General VMware Tools installation instructions (1014294).

For further related information on Installing VMware Tools in a Linux virtual machine, see the vSphere Virtual Machine Administration Guide.

For information on OSPs, see VMware Operating System Specific Packages.

See Also

Update History

03/04/2013 - Added link to OSP specific information 04/25/2013 - Added ESXi 5.x to Products

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