VMWare Tools - Ubuntu Update Virtual Machine
I have Ubuntu installed in several VMWare virtual machines. Every time they release a maintenance version I have to update the VM tools in Ubuntu. Its a royal pain because I have by this time forgotten how to do it. Hope other newbies find this no brainer procedure useful.
- Select the Ubuntu guest and power on the virtual machine then log on.
- Select VMWare Workstation menu VM and then select Install VMWare Tools.
A CD/DVD icon will appear on the Ubuntu Desktop.
- Right click on the icon.
- Select 'Extract To' from the list.
- When the Extract GUI has opened select Desktop in the places list.
- Click the extract button and then close the GUI file browser.
- Navigate to Ubuntu menu Application/Accessories/Terminal and drag the icon to the desktop or onto the toolbar. Open the Terminal by clicking its icon.
- At the $ prompt switch to root by entering sudo bash.
- At the # prompt enter apt-get update to update your package list.
- At the # prompt enter apt-get upgrade to upgrade your components.
- At the # prompt enter apt-get dist-upgrade to upgrade your system including the Linux Kernel. Once you have done all the core updates you can edit the /etc/apt/sources.list file and uncomment all the application repositories you want to include in your updates. You can uncomment them all, but that is your call.
- Repeat steps 9, 10 just to make sure. The system is now updated.
Installing the Build Tools
- At the # prompt enter apt-get install build-essential
- At the # prompt enter uname -r
This will return the kernel version, e.g. 2.6.24-16-generic
Highlight it and right click copy to the paste board.
- At the # prompt enter apt-get install linux-headers-
then paste what was copied from the last step.
The line should now look something like install linux-headers-2.6.24-16-generic
- At the # prompt enter exit
This will return you to the $ prompt
- At the $ prompt enter cd /home/<your username>/Desktop/vmware-tools-distrib
Folder names are case sensitive so make sure you enter Desktop properly.
You are now inside the folder extracted to the desktop in steps 3 thro 6
- At the $ prompt enter sudo ./vmware-install.pl
When prompted press enter to use the default setting.
The final stage will ask you to enter a number that represents the screen resolution that you want.
- At the $ prompt enter sudo /usr/bin/vmware-toolbox
This will launch the GUI VMWare tools application. Set as required then close.
- Power off Ubuntu from inside Ubuntu.
- Power on Ubuntu virtual machine and log on. Notice the DVD ROM icon has gone from the Desktop.
Delete the Desktop vmware-tools-distrib folder and empty the trash can. You are now done.
An ambition would be to write a script to do all of this and have it appear on a menu. Perhaps one day?
To uninstall VMWare Tools
At the $ prompt enter sudo /usr/bin/vmware-uninstall-tools.pl This note is based upon JustChecking's Weblog On All. How to Install VMWare Tools on Ubuntu/Debian
Very useful blogging, many thanks.
Last edited by ettubu; 01-03-2009 at 10:19 AM.
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