More for quick reference as I don’t generally manage too many Linux boxes (yet anyway ;)). Have recently done a few P2V migrations on to an ESXi 5 platform so the below helps get the tools installed inside a RedHat based VM, commands of course may vary slightly depending on distribution –
- As root (su -) mount the VMware Tools virtual CD
- Run the following commands:
mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom
tar zxpf /mnt/cdrom/VMwareTools-5.0.xxxxxx.tar.gz (version number will differ depending on release)
- Run through the install prompts and job done!
As a side note, if you update the linux kernel (yum update etc) then just run vmware-config-tools.pl to get the tools running again.
For full guides check VMware links below: