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Installing VMware Tools


This guide is meant to walk you through the installation and configuration of VMware Tools on your VM. Keeping VMware Tools up-to-date on your guest operating system is important to maintain both security and proper functioning of your system within the greater University of Oregon VMware environment.
Note: If you have a Linux host with a package manager like Yum, skip directly to the Unix/Linux section of this guide.


Attaching the VMware Tools Installer to your VM

To start the installation, open the vCenter interface found at , and login using your Duck ID credentials.
Under the navigation menu on the left-hand side, click vCenter.

And then click VMs and Templates to access the VMs that you will be updating.

Right-click on the VM you'd like to update, left-click All vCenter Actions, left-click Guest, and then left-click Install/Upgrade VMware Tools.  
Alternatively, if Install/Upgrade VMware Tools is grayed out, click Upgrade VMware Tools.

You will be presented with a menu asking if you'd like to complete this upgrade Interactively or Automatically. The automatic upgrade will reboot your VM automatically after the installation is complete, so we will therefore recommend that you choose Interactive. The interactive mode will attach the VMware Tools as if it were a CD, allowing you to install them when you'd like.
From here, we'll ask which operating system you're using:

  • Windows
  • Unix/Linux

The exact methods will vary, but each outline will give you an idea of what's necessary to complete the upgrade.

Windows Host

  1. Open the file explorer
  2. Click on 'Computer' to access the disk drives
  3. Double-click the 'VMware Tools' icon to begin the installation.

When the installation begins, click through it and select 'Typical' when prompted for the type of install you'd like to do.
At the end of the installation, VMware will unmount the VMware Tools 'CD', and prompt you to restart at your convenience.

Unix/Linux Host

If you have a package manager (specifically, Yum) installed:

  1. Ensure that your Linux virtual machine is powered on.
  2. If you are running a GUI interface, open a command shell.
  3. To begin the update process, run:

    sudo yum update vmware-tools-core

  4. When prompted, type "y" and press enter to accept the changes.

If you don't have a package manager installed:

  1. Ensure that your Linux virtual machine is powered on.
  2. If you are running a GUI interface, open a command shell.
  3. To create a mount point, run:

    mkdir /mnt/cdrom

  4. To mount the CDROM, run:

    mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom

  5. Copy the VMware tools archive to a local directory

    cp /mnt/cdrom/VMwareTools-(version number).tar.gz (some local directory)

  6. Decompress the archive

    tar -zxvf (some local directory)/VMwareTools-(version number).tar.gz

  7. To configure VMware Tools for your running kernel, run:

    (some local directory)/vmware-tools-distrib/

  8. To unmount the CDROM, run:

    umount /mnt/cdrom

  9. To end the VMware Tools install, click VM in the virtual machine menu, then click Guest > End VMware Tools Install. (This step may have been completed already by the vmware tools install script)



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