- Q: How do I install and update the VMWare Tools on a Virtual Machine?
A: These instructions are for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server, but the steps for other OS’s are similar.
Connect to the vSphere Client (see: How do I access the virtual server consoles?).
Select the VM server, the Summary tab will show VMWare Tools as Not installed.
Right click on the VM name, select Guest, select Install/Upgrade VMWare Tools. As VMware Tools is not yet installed choose Interactive in the dialog box that opens.
This will mount the VMWare Tools volume on the Red Hat desktop, double-click to open, then double-click VMWareTools-4.0.0-261974.tar.gz to expand from archive.
Double click the bin folder to expand the folder. It will be mounted in /tmp.
In a terminal window cd to /tmp and figure out where the volume is mounted, is will be called something like fr-tjoeBR, so cd to /tmp/fr-tjoeBR/vmware-tools-distrib/bin where you will find the vmware-config-tools.pl file.
Use sudo to run the file, e.g.: sudo ./vmware-config-tools.pl
When it has finished installing VMWare Tools, go back to the vSphere Client.
Select the VM server, the Summary tab will now show VMWare Tools as Out of date.
Right click on the VM name, select Guest, select Install/Upgrade VMWare Tools.
As we now have only an out of date version, choose Automatic.
When Install/Upgrade VMWare Tools finishes the Summary tab should show VMWare Tools as OK
Then check to make sure the hardware version aka VM Version in the Summary tab is 7. If not, then right click on the VM in question and select Upgrade Virtual Hardware.
Note: The VM must be in a powered down state in order to do this.