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Rebuilding new reference environments on my MacPro, I started with Ubuntu 10.04.01 LTS (64 bit), I had to recall the step to install VMWare Tools. It’s quite simple but I know my students may need the steps to configure a VMWare virtual machine and it may benefit others. While this Ubuntu help page is a good start it isn’t a step-by-step configuration guide.

  1. Navigate to the VMWare Menu, choose Virtual Machine and in the drop down menu Install VMWare Tools. This will mount a virtual CD in the Ubuntu virtual machine.
  2. Open a terminal session by choosing Applications, within the drop down choose Accessories, and in the subsequent drop down choose Terminal. It will launch a terminal session for command-line entry. The screen shot will look like the following.

  1. From the command-line perform the following tasks:
cd /media/VM*
cp VMwareTools*.gz /tmp
cd /tmp
gunzip VMwareTools*.gz
tar -xvf VMwareTools*.tar
cd vmware-tools-distrib
sudo ./vmware-install.pl

  1. After starting the vmware-install.pl, accept all the default prompts. Alternatively, as Josh points out enter the following to skip the prompts:
sudo ./vmware-install.pl --default
  1. After the configuration completes, you’re prompted to restart the X-Windows. The easiest way is to reboot. You click on the upper right corner to get the drop down menu to restart Ubuntu. A screen shot follows.

This completes the VMWare Tools installation on Ubuntu but unfortunately, you may need to setup the network connection. In a couple instances, the Ubuntu installation appears to have corrupted the VMWare networking process. The result is that the DNS setup on Ubuntu didn’t work.

When the Ubuntu /etc/resolv.conf file is empty. You should first restart the VMWare network. This can be done without rebooting your native Mac OS X. Open a Terminal session, and navigate to the following directory and restart the VMWare network or use this command with backquoting.

sudo /Library/Application\ Support/VMware\ Fusion/boot.sh  --restart

If your Ubuntu /etc/resolv.conf file is empty, you can manually edit it. The last line in this sample depends on your IP subnet. I’ve entered it by assuming that you’re on 192.168.75.0 to 192.168.75.255 with a 255.255.255.0 network mask. You can refer to this prior post for the details on how you find your VMWare NAT subnet.

When your Ubuntu /etc/resolv.conf file is empty, add these values:

# Generated by NetworkManager
domain localdomain
search localdomain
nameserver 192.168.75.2

Hope this helps some folks.

Written by maclochlainn

November 1st, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Posted in Linux,Ubuntu

6 Responses to 'Ubuntu VMWare Tools Install'

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  1. would you recommend vmware over virtual box? I have only used virtual box.

    brad

    2 Nov 10 at 10:26 pm

  2. Yes, at present it’s the best.

    maclochlainn

    3 Nov 10 at 12:09 am

  3. What are the advantages to VMWare over virtual box?

    brad

    9 Nov 10 at 8:17 pm

  4. If you use the command;

    sudo ./vmware-install.pl --default

    The script will install in the default locations and you can avoid having to accept all of the prompts.

    Josh

    18 Nov 10 at 7:55 am

  5. Brad, I’ve found it easier to configure and port VMs, whereas, I’ve experienced configuration problems with VirtualBox. Here’s a benchmark and discussion if you’re interested. It seems they cover the pluses and minuses well.

    maclochlainn

    18 Nov 10 at 10:31 am

  6. That was really helpful! Thanks.

    Jen

    5 Jun 12 at 8:14 pm

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