Install VMware Tools on CentOS 6.5

This article briefly describes the process of installing the VMWare tools on CentOS 6.5. It is important that you install VMware Tools in the guest operating system because the VM will have significantly faster performance, time synchronization, and other enhanced features.

Below are the steps to install the VMware Tools on CentOS.

 

  1. (OPTIONAL) If needed, install the prerequisite software.
    [root@localhost ~]# yum install perl gcc make kernel-headers kernel-devel
  2. Attach the VMware Tools using the vSphere client.
    install_VMware_tools
  3. Mount and extract the VMware Tools to a temporary location.
    [root@localhost tmp]# mount /dev/cdrom /mnt
    [root@localhost tmp]# cd /mnt
    [root@localhost tmp]# mkdir /tmp/vmware
    [root@localhost tmp]# tar xzvf VMwareTools-8.3.7-341836.tar.gz -C /tmp/vmware/
    
  4. CD to the directory where the tools were extracted and start the VMware tools install.
    [root@localhost tmp]# cd vmware
    [root@localhost tmp]# ls
    VMwareTools-9.4.5-1598834.tar.gz vmware-tools-distrib
    [root@localhost tmp]# cd vmware-tools-distrib
    [root@localhost vmware-tools-distrib]# ls
    bin doc etc FILES INSTALL installer lib vmware-install.pl
    [root@localhost vmware-tools-distrib]# ./vmware-install.pl
    
  5. Take all of the defaults, then reboot your VM.
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