Friday, April 22, 2011

Installing VMware Tools on debian 6

- VM > Install VMware Tools...
- Accessories > Root Terminal

root@debian6:/# uname -a
Linux debian6 2.6.32-5-686 #1 SMP Tue Mar 8 21:36:00 UTC 2011 i686 GNU/Linux
root@debian6:/# 
root@debian6:/# tar -xf /media/cdrom/VMwareTools-8.4.6-385536.tar.gz -C /tmp
root@debian6:/# 
root@debian6:/# /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib/vmware-install.pl 
Creating a new VMware Tools installer database using the tar4 format.

Installing VMware Tools.

In which directory do you want to install the binary files? 
[/usr/bin] 

What is the directory that contains the init directories (rc0.d/ to rc6.d/)? 
[/etc] 

What is the directory that contains the init scripts? 
[/etc/init.d] 

In which directory do you want to install the daemon files? 
[/usr/sbin] 

In which directory do you want to install the library files? 
[/usr/lib/vmware-tools] 

The path "/usr/lib/vmware-tools" does not exist currently. This program is 
going to create it, including needed parent directories. Is this what you want?
[yes] 

In which directory do you want to install the documentation files? 
[/usr/share/doc/vmware-tools] 

The path "/usr/share/doc/vmware-tools" does not exist currently. This program 
is going to create it, including needed parent directories. Is this what you 
want? [yes] 

The installation of VMware Tools 8.4.6 build-385536 for Linux completed 
successfully. You can decide to remove this software from your system at any 
time by invoking the following command: "/usr/bin/vmware-uninstall-tools.pl".

Before running VMware Tools for the first time, you need to configure it by 
invoking the following command: "/usr/bin/vmware-config-tools.pl". Do you want 
this program to invoke the command for you now? [yes] 

Initializing...


Making sure services for VMware Tools are stopped.

Stopping VMware Tools services in the virtual machine:
   Guest operating system daemon:                                      done
   Virtual Printing daemon:                                            done
   Unmounting HGFS shares:                                             done
   Guest filesystem driver:                                            done



Before you can compile modules, you need to have the following installed... 

make
gcc
kernel headers of the running kernel


Searching for GCC...
The path "" is not valid path to the gcc binary.
Would you like to change it? [yes] no

Searching for a valid kernel header path...
The path "" is not valid.
Would you like to change it? [yes] no


WARNING: This program cannot compile any modules for the following reason(s)...

- This program could not find a valid path to make.  Please ensure that the 
make binary is installed in the system path.

- This program could not find a valid path to the gcc binary.  Please ensure 
that the gcc binary is installed on this sytem.

- This program could not find a valid path to the kernel headers of the running
kernel.  Please ensure that the header files for the running kernel are 
installed on this sytem.

[ Press Enter key to continue ] 


The memory manager driver (vmmemctl module) is used by VMware host software to 
efficiently reclaim memory from a virtual machine.
If the driver is not available, VMware host software may instead need to swap 
guest memory to disk, which may reduce performance.
The rest of the software provided by VMware Tools is designed to work 
independently of this feature.
If you want the memory management feature, you can install the driver by 
running vmware-config-tools.pl again after making sure that gcc, binutils, make
and the kernel sources for your running kernel are installed on your machine. 
These packages are available on your distribution's installation CD.
[ Press Enter key to continue ] 


The filesystem driver (vmhgfs module) is used only for the shared folder 
feature. The rest of the software provided by VMware Tools is designed to work 
independently of this feature.

If you wish to have the shared folders feature, you can install the driver by 
running vmware-config-tools.pl again after making sure that gcc, binutils, make
and the kernel sources for your running kernel are installed on your machine. 
These packages are available on your distribution's installation CD.
[ Press Enter key to continue ] 


The fast network device driver (vmxnet module) is used only for our fast 
networking interface. The rest of the software provided by VMware Tools is 
designed to work independently of this feature.
If you wish to have the fast network driver enabled, you can install the driver
by running vmware-config-tools.pl again after making sure that gcc, binutils, 
make and the kernel sources for your running kernel are installed on your 
machine. These packages are available on your distribution's installation CD.
[ Press Enter key to continue ] 


The vmblock module enables dragging or copying files from within a host and 
dropping or pasting them onto your guest (host to guest drag and drop and file 
copy/paste).  The rest of the software provided by VMware Tools is designed to 
work independently of this feature (including guest to host drag and drop and 
file copy/paste).

If you would like the host to guest drag and drop and file copy/paste features,
you can install the driver by running vmware-config-tools.pl again after making
sure that gcc, binutils, make and the kernel sources for your running kernel 
are installed on your machine. These packages are available on your 
distribution's installation CD.
[ Press Enter key to continue ] 


The communication service is used in addition to the standard communication 
between the guest and the host.  The rest of the software provided by VMware 
Tools is designed to work independently of this feature.
If you wish to have the VMCI feature, you can install the driver by running 
vmware-config-tools.pl again after making sure that gcc, binutils, make and the
kernel sources for your running kernel are installed on your machine. These 
packages are available on your distribution's installation CD.
[ Press Enter key to continue ] 


The VM communication interface socket family is used in conjunction with the VM
communication interface to provide a new communication path among guests and 
host.  The rest of this software provided by VMware Tools is designed to work 
independently of this feature.  If you wish to have the VSOCK feature  you can 
install the driver by running vmware-config-tools.pl again after making sure 
that gcc, binutils, make and the kernel sources for your running kernel are 
installed on your machine. These packages are available on your distribution's 
installation CD.
[ Press the Enter key to continue.] 

The module vmxnet3 has already been installed on this system by another 
installer or package and will not be modified by this installer.  Use the flag 
--clobber-kernel-modules=vmxnet3 to override.


Unable to compile the pvscsi module.  If you wish to have the pvscsi feature, 
you can install the driver by running vmware-config-tools.pl again after making
sure that gcc, binutils, make and the kernel sources for your running kernel 
are installed on your machine. These packages are available on your 
distribution's installation CD.
[ Press Enter key to continue ] 



Detected Xorg X server version 1.7.7.


X.Org X Server 1.7.7
Release Date: 2010-05-04
X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0
Build Operating System: Linux 2.6.32.29-dsa-ia32 i686 Debian
Current Operating System: Linux debian6 2.6.32-5-686 #1 SMP Tue Mar 8 21:36:00 UTC 2011 i686
Kernel command line: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-5-686 root=UUID=9236b7ad-efe8-4f77-8cec-0d6b4d92a668 ro quiet
Build Date: 19 February 2011  02:37:36PM
xorg-server 2:1.7.7-13 (Cyril Brulebois ) 
Current version of pixman: 0.16.4
 Before reporting problems, check http://wiki.x.org
 to make sure that you have the latest version.
Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
 (++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
 (WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(++) Log file: "/tmp/vmware-config0/XF86ConfigLog.2111", Time: Fri Apr 22 16:22:19 2011
(==) Using system config directory "/usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d"
(EE) Failed to load module "vmwgfx" (module does not exist, 0)
(EE) vmware: Please ignore the above warnings about not being able to to load module/driver vmwgfx
(EE) open /dev/fb0: No such file or directory
SELinux: Disabled on system, not enabling in X server

X is running fine with the new config file.

Creating a new initrd boot image for the kernel.
update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-5-686
   Checking acpi hot plug                                              done
Starting VMware Tools services in the virtual machine:
   Switching to guest configuration:                                   done
   Guest operating system daemon:                                      done
   Virtual Printing daemon:                                            done
The configuration of VMware Tools 8.4.6 build-385536 for Linux for this running
kernel completed successfully.

You must restart your X session before any mouse or graphics changes take 
effect.

You can now run VMware Tools by invoking "/usr/bin/vmware-toolbox-cmd" from the
command line or by invoking "/usr/bin/vmware-toolbox" from the command line 
during an X server session.

To enable advanced X features (e.g., guest resolution fit, drag and drop, and 
file and text copy/paste), you will need to do one (or more) of the following:
1. Manually start /usr/bin/vmware-user
2. Log out and log back into your desktop session; and,
3. Restart your X session.

Enjoy,

--the VMware team

Found VMware Tools CDROM mounted at /media/cdrom0. Ejecting device /dev/sr0 ...

root@debian6:/# 
root@debian6:/# shutdown -r now

4 comments:

  1. Brilliant and accurate. Worked like a charm. Many thanks to the author. VMWare Workstation 7.1.4 build-385536

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    1. Fino!!! VMWare Workstation 8.0.0 build-471780

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  2. Very nice. I had some differences with Workstation 9.0.0 build-812388

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  3. Excellent instructions.

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