I have several instances where I need to install VMware Tools on linux hosts. At work we are a Red Hat shop, but at home I go the CentOS route, since I do not have deep pockets. The procedure is really quite simple as long as you have a current network connection. To install you merely perform the following series of events.
- Click VM in the virtual machine menu, then click Guest > Install/Upgrade VMware Tools and click OK.
- SSH into VM
- Copy and Paste the following commands into the SSH session
yum -y install perl
mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom
tar -zxf /mnt/cdrom/VMwareTools-*.tar.gz -C /tmp
rm -f /tmp/VMwareTools-*.tar.gz
rm -rf /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib
Thats it. You have now installed VMware Tools on your Linux Host.