Skip to main content

Manual Installation of VMware Tools in linux

If you have installed VMWare before, then you should know about VMWare Tool's importance. According to VMWare's Knowledge Base:
VMware Tools is a suite of utilities that enhances the performance of the virtual machine's guest operating system and improves management of the virtual machine. Without VMware Tools installed in your guest operating system, guest performance lacks important functionality. Installing VMware Tools eliminates or improves the following issues:

  • Low video resolution
  • Inadequate color depth
  • Incorrect display of network speed
  • Restricted movement of the mouse
  • Inability to copy and paste and drag-and-drop files
  • Missing sound
VMWare Tool can be installed after you have finished installing your Guest OS and clicking on VM > Install VM Tools. It should mount an ISO files matching the operating system that you installed as your guest.

Unfortunately, sometimes, you will need to perform a manual installation of VMWare Tools due to some reason. You can click on VM > Install VM Tools or VM > Upgrade VM Tools if you have installed your OS before and it will download the latest VMWare Tools from the Internet.

Luckily, you don't have to download anything at all because you can skip the download process and use the ISOs that are included when your VMWare being installed. The ISOs are located in /usr/lib/vmware/isoimages/. What you need to do is copy the ISO matching your guest OS into your guest OS environment either by using HTTP or SCP or any other method and mount it using loop option. For example, if your guest OS is Linux, you can perform this operation:
mount linux.iso /media/cdrom/ -t iso9660 -o loop

This command will mount the ISO into /media/cdrom and you will see the VMWare Tool there. Extract them by using:
tar -xzvf /media/cdrom/VMwareTools-9.2.2-893683.tar.gz
and change to vmware-tool-distrib directory and start the installation by running:
./vmware-install.pl

The installation will begin as it supposed to be. After completing the installation, you can now the benefits mentioned above.

Enjoy using VMWare :)

Popular posts from this blog

Running Rsync Via Proxy

One way to get the latest Slackware updates is by running rsync to syncronize your local repository and the main repository that hold the Slackware packages. Eric Hameleers has provided a great script called rsync_current.sh and how i modified this tool has been discussed on my previous post. In general, it works, except for one problem, when your computer is connecting to the Internet through a proxy.

My workstation at my office is connected to the Internet through a proxy, so i can't use normal rsync to work normally. I browsed the web and i found this site which tells us about how we should modify our squid configuration to allow rsync connection from any computer from our local networks. I asked my sysadmin to try this script. He agreed and he updated the squid configuration on the proxy.

Next, i need to update my environment variable RSYNC_PROXY to the host of the proxy and also the port. Let's say you are running a proxy on 192.168.1.1 and port 8080, then you need to run …

NVidia Legacy Unix Driver Update

NVidia has released an updated legacy drivers to support X.Org 1.19 with ABI 23. It has been mentioned in the UNIX drivers, but you can directly find the drivers from the links below:
NVidia 304.134 (x86x86_64)NVidia 340.101 (x86, x86_64) I have tested the 304.134 driver and it's working great here. I can finally remove x from my /etc/slackpkg/blacklist file since it's a showstopper for me.
Aside from legacy driver, NVidia has also released their latest driver 375.26 (x86, x86_64), which brings support for newer cards and also many new features (including X.Org 1.19 with ABI 23 support). 

Security Update: firefox, irssi, pidgin

Three security updates were released for today:
firefox: Upgraded to 45.4.0esr for 14.1 and 14.2 and 49.0 for currentirssi: Upgraded to 0.8.20pidgin: Upgraded to 2.10.11, 2.10.12, and 2.11.0 for all stable Slackware releases depending on their support Some minor update in current:
mkinitrd: Add dmsetup supportemacs: Upgraded to 25.1qt: Fix multilib issue network-scripts: Fix minor issue