Friday, May 21, 2010

VMware tools in Ubuntu Server

I use Ubuntu desktop but I find that when it comes to virtualization I prefer to use Ubuntu Server more because of the small foot print and to make things much leaner.

Since the Desktop version is the only one that will auto mount the tools in ESX/ESXi implementations you need to get a copy of the tar.gz file from one of the Desktop versions and then SCP it over to the server version unpack it and then run the installer.

You need some prerequisite tools for it to install.
apt-get build-essential
Then you can simple run the installer from the TAR.GZ file. I ran into some compile issues but in the end it all worked. If I find some more notes then I will post them here, keep coming back.

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