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Understanding and Installing VMware Tools

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Installing VMware Tools on a Linux Guest
]$ mount
/dev/mapper/VolGroup00-LogVol00 on / type ext3 (rw)
proc on /proc type proc (rw)
To install VMware tools from the compressed tar archive, begin by unpacking the archive into a suitable location. For example:'''' Perl script. If the installation was performed using RPM this will reside in the ''/usr/bin'' sub-directory. In the case of an installation using the compressed tar archive, the script will be located in the directory in which the archive was unpacked.
<pre>tar xvfz VMware-Tools-2.x.x-xxxxx.tar.gz</pre> Once the archive has been uncompressed and extracted, change directory into ''vmware-tools-distrib'' and execute the installation script, as outlined below to complete the installation process: <pre>cd vmware-tools-distrib/</pre> Once VMware Tools has been installed on the Linux system, it must be configured prior to use. This is achieved using the '''' configuration script which is installed in ''/usr/bin''. If the installation was performed using the '''' script, '''' will start automatically after the installation is completed. Fro RPM based installations the confighuration script will need to be invoked manually: <pre></pre> As previously mentioned, if the guest operating system is a VMware supported Linux distribution (refer to the chapter entitled [[Officially Supported VMware Server 2.0 Guest Operating Systems]] for more details)the configuration script will locate and load a pre-built VMware Tools kernel module. In the event that a pre-built module cannot be located, the script will prompt for the location of the GNU C compiler and the sources for building kernel modules and attempt to build and load a compatible module.

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