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Installing VMware Tools on Debian Squeeze GuestOS

Hi all,
thought I would put down the steps I had to go through to get the VM Tools for ESXi to work on my latest Debian Squeeze deployments, as by default ESXi doesnt recognise the OS as a Debian distro, I initially posted this in the site and my own blog, but figured I would put it here too.

Ok, here goes, on your Debian Squeeze guest:
apt-get install make
apt-get install gcc
apt-get install libc-dev
uname -a and find out what your kernel version is then apt-get install the relevant kernel headers as follows…
apt-get install linux-headers-2.6.32-5-686

(All of the above apt-gets are needed as they will allow you to compile the VMTools programs contained in the .tar.gz file, as some of the programs replace some system defaults like network adapter drivers and replaces the NIC driver with the vmxnet3 driver (for example)).

mount /dev/sr0 /mnt
cp VMwareTools-4.0.0-xxxxx.tar.gz /usr/local/src
cd /usr/local/src
tar zxvf VMwareTools-4.0.0-xxxxx.tar.gz
cd vmware-tools-distrib

Follow all of the usual on-screen prompts for the rest of the VMTools install.
Once the install has completed, you’ll be able to log into your ESXi console using VI client and observer that there is now more granular information available for your guestOS.

Matt Palmer




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  • Robert Said:

    Nice and simple instructions that worked first time, Thanks

  • Maros Said:

    Just a small tip, if you are using defaults in vmware installation script, just invoke it with -d flag. ./ -d

  • Pete Kane Said:

    Nice tutorial but I think you should add that you need to have VMware tools on a cd

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