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Install VMWare Tools on Redhat/CentOS

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This article explains how to install VMWare Tools on a CentOS or Redhat system. Consider taking a snapshot of the guest first as the installer plays around with the kernel.

From within the VMWare client on your Windows system, right click on the virtual machine and choose “Guest” and then “Install VMWare tools”. Note that the wording may differ a little.

Next at the Linux guest command line:

mkdir /mnt/vmwaretools
mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/vmwaretools

In the above i assume your CDROM is /dev/cdrom. You may have to change it to be correct.

Next:

cp /mnt/vmwaretools/xzf VMwareTools-*.tar.gz /tmp
cd /tmp
tar xzf VMwareTools-*.tar.gz
cd vmware-tools-distrib
./vmware-install.pl

At this stage you will be asked a series of questions. The defaults should be suitable.

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