How To Install VMWare Tools v4 on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Server and 12.10 Server

So I tend to do this a lot and always have to Google the procedure. One would think I would make a script to sort this out * shrugs shoulders.

I have seen the good the bad and just downright useless tutorials for this and hence I am posting my own working version ( I know this because I did this just a few minutes ago). From what I can gather it should work for Ubuntu 11.10 – 12.10 without any hassle.

Use Install vmWareTools option in vmWare Client to attach media:(see the pic)
images

 

 

 

 

  • Update the server

sudo apt-get -y update
sudo apt-get -y upgrade

  • Create the mount point

sudo mkdir -p /media/cdrom
sudo mkdir -p /media/cdrom

  • Mount the ISO

sudo mount /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom
sudo mount /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom

You should see the message: mount: block device /dev/sr0 is write-protected, mounting read-only

  • Change Directory

cd /media/cdrom
cd /media/cdrom

  • Copy the tar file to your /tmp directory

sudo cp VM*.tar.gz /tmp
sudo cp VM*.tar.gz /tmp

  • Install Build tools if necessary

sudo apt-get -y install linux-headers-server build-essential
sudo apt-get -y install linux-headers-server build-essential

  • Change Directory

cd /tmp
cd /tmp

  • Unmount the ISO

sudo umount /media/cdrom
sudo umount /media/cdrom

  • Expand the tar

sudo tar xzvf VM*.tar.gz
sudo tar xzvf VM*.tar.gz

  • Change Directory

cd vmware-tools-distrib
cd vmware-tools-distrib

  • To prevent a potential error in the install script on Ubuntu 11.10+, create a special directory, this will make things easier in case you get an error message “Unable to create symlink “/usr/lib64/libvmcf.so” pointing to file ”/usr/lib/vmware-tools/lib64/libvmcf.so/libvmcf.so”.

sudo mkdir -p /usr/lib64
sudo mkdir -p /usr/lib64

  • Run the Install Script. The -d flag automatically answers the default to all questions. To customize it, just omit the -d.

sudo ./vmware-install.pl -d
sudo ./vmware-install.pl -d

  • Reboot

sudo reboot

 

Awesome 😀 Now things should be installed and working, well that is unless something went wrong somewhere 🙁

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