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VMware: Installation/Upgrade VMware Tools – Red Had Linux Ent. x64

Last week I created a little “how-to” for some system engineers to install/upgrade VMware Tools in their test environment. Here’s the translated (public) version:


– VM Summary: VMware Tools – Running (unsupported)


– Select VM > Guest > VMware Tools Install. The Infrastructure Client will mount VMware Tools ISO inside the VM


– Create a directory, type in: mkdir /mnt/cdrom next you need to mount the CD-Rom drive, type in:

mount /dec/cdrom /mnt/cdrom


– The VMware Tools ISO is mounted and must be extracted, type:

cp/mnt/cdrom/VMwareTools [BUILD NUMBER ^] /tmp/

– Navigate to the tmp folder: cd /tmp/


– Type:

 cd vmware-tools-distrib/

– To install the VMware Tools module type:



– The installation detected an older version of VMware Tools, to uninstall this version, type: yes


– The installation will start, during the installation you need to answer some questions. If you press [enter] the installation will continue with default settings.


– Type: yes


– VMware Host-Guest Filesystem is most of the time disabled or not isntalled, also in this installation choose: No


Type in: No


– The installation is finished , the VMware Tools ISO will be ejected automatically



– In the vSphere inventory the VMware Tools is Running and correct installed


Sander Daems is founder and author of this blog and working as a Lead (Sr.) Consultant by UNICA ICT Solutions. Sander has over 15 years experience in IT, primary focus: virtualization and modern worksplace.

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  1. April 2nd, 2012  (Quote) at 12:38  (Quote) | #1

    Just a quick tip. You can use the –default after ./ It will install VMware Tools with the default settings. ./ –default

  2. April 2nd, 2012  (Quote) at 12:41  (Quote) | #2

    Thanks Arne, good one!

  3. Heather E. Nelson
    April 5th, 2012  (Quote) at 05:40  (Quote) | #3

    Thanks for all the tips and screenshots, I clearly loved the post. It proved to be very helpful to me

  4. oh
    November 24th, 2012  (Quote) at 11:15  (Quote) | #5

    updating tools is far more easy in case tools are already installed.

    vmware-tools-upgrader -p “–default”

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