Howto install VMware tools on Ubuntu 13.04/12.10/12.04 Debian

Howto install VMware tools on Ubuntu 13.04/12.10/12.04 Debian


Step 1: Upgrade system and kernel

root@ubuntu:~# apt-get update
root@ubuntu:~# apt-get upgrade
root@ubuntu:~# apt-get install build-essential
root@ubuntu:~# apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r`

Step 1: On Vmware Console –> VM –> Install VMware Tools

Step 2: Use df -h to see the mount point VMware Tools

root@ubuntu:~# df -h
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1 6.8G 2.9G 3.6G 45% /
none 4.0K 0 4.0K 0% /sys/fs/cgroup
udev 494M 4.0K 494M 1% /dev
tmpfs 101M 792K 100M 1% /run
none 5.0M 0 5.0M 0% /run/lock
none 502M 152K 501M 1% /run/shm
none 100M 44K 100M 1% /run/user
/dev/sr0 64M 64M 0 100% /media/ubuntu/VMware Tools

If you don’t see “/medi/ubuntu/VMware Tools” Please mount that manually

mount /dev/sr0 /media/ubuntu/VMware\ Tools

Step 3:

root@ubuntu:# cd /media/ubuntu/VMware\ Tools/
root@ubuntu:/media/ubuntu/VMware Tools# ls
manifest.txt VMwareTools-9.2.0-799703.tar.gz
root@ubuntu:/media/ubuntu/VMware Tools# cp VMwareTools-9.2.0-799703.tar.gz /tmp
root@ubuntu:/media/ubuntu/VMware Tools#
root@ubuntu:/media/ubuntu/VMware Tools# cd /tmp
root@ubuntu:/tmp# tar -xzf VMwareTools-9.2.0-799703.tar.gz

Step 4:

root@ubuntu:/tmp# cd vmware-tools-distrib/
root@ubuntu:/tmp/vmware-tools-distrib# ls
bin doc etc FILES INSTALL installer lib
root@ubuntu:/tmp/vmware-tools-distrib# ./
A previous installation of VMware Tools has been detected.The previous installation was made by the tar installer (version 4).Keeping the tar4 installer database format.

You have a version of VMware Tools installed. Continuing this install will
first uninstall the currently installed version. Do you wish to continue?
(yes/no) [yes]

Installing VMware Tools.

In which directory do you want to install the binary files?

What is the directory that contains the init directories (rc0.d/ to rc6.d/)?

What is the directory that contains the init scripts?

In which directory do you want to install the daemon files?

In which directory do you want to install the library files?


Disabling timer-based audio scheduling in pulseaudio.

Detected X server version 1.13.3

Distribution provided drivers for Xorg X server are used.

Skipping X configuration because X drivers are not included.

Creating a new initrd boot image for the kernel.
update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-3.8.0-19-generic
vmware-tools-thinprint start/running
vmware-tools start/running
The configuration of VMware Tools 9.2.0 build-799703 for Linux for this running
kernel completed successfully.

You must restart your X session before any mouse or graphics changes take

You can now run VMware Tools by invoking “/usr/bin/vmware-toolbox-cmd” from the
command line.

To enable advanced X features (e.g., guest resolution fit, drag and drop, and
file and text copy/paste), you will need to do one (or more) of the following:
1. Manually start /usr/bin/vmware-user
2. Log out and log back into your desktop session; and,
3. Restart your X session.


–the VMware team

Found VMware Tools CDROM mounted at /media/ubuntu/VMware Tools. Ejecting device
/dev/sr0 …

That’s it. Thanks for using

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