How to install VMware Tools in a Linux Guest Operating System

VMware Tools is a set of services and modules that enable several features in VMware products for better management of, and seamless user interactions with, guest operating systems. – from VMware Website

In Linux VM, VMware recommended that all the user to use Open VM Tools instead of VMware Tools.

However in some of the environment without internet connection, install VMware tools on Linux VM is the only option.

Here i going to show how to install VMware tools on Linux VM that run on CentOS 7. Note: guest OS must be running in order to install VMware Tools

Step 1: Attach VMware Tools to guest OS

  • manually click Actions > Guest OS > Install VMware Tools (see the screenshot below).

Step 2: mount the ISO image (VMware Tools) by Click Mount (see the screenshot below).

Step 3: Mount VMware Tools virtual CD-ROM image and copy its contents to /tmp folder.

Step 4: Install the VMware Tools

Step 5: Verify VMware Tools Version

Final Step: Unmount VMware Tools Image

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