Alex Entrekin

Upgrade VMWare Tools on CentOS 6.3 Using GUI

March 25th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


What is VMWare Tools and why do I need to install it on the guest operating system? 

VMWare strongly recommends installing VMWare Tools on the guest operating system in order to prevent the loss of important functionality.

The VMware Tools package has various essential features such as synchronization of time in the guest operating system with time on the host, support for drag and drop functionality, copying and pasting between guest and host, and improved mouse performance in guest OS.

I decided to write this post for those who are not very familiar with Linux systems or prefer using Linux systems with GUI.

This is a short guide explaining how to upgrade (or install) VMWare Tools on the CentOS 6.3 operating system using GUI.

  • In order to determine whether your VMWare Tools are up-to-date, navigate to the virtual machine in VMWare vSphere client -> Click on Summary tab -> General01 - Update VMWare Tools on CentOS 6.3
  • Right click on the Virtual Machine -> Guest -> Install/Upgrade VMWare Tools

02 - Install Upgrade VMWare Tools on CentOS 6.3

  • The Install/Upgrade VMWare Tools wizard will open. Click on the Interactive Tools Upgrade option. This will mount VMWare Tools installation files onto the server.

03 - Interactive Tools Upgrade VMWare Tools on CentOS 6.3

  • Open your CentOS 6.3 virtual machine via console mode and log in. 

04 - Install Upgrade VMWare Tools on CentOS 6.3

  •  Right click on VMwareTools-8.6.10-913593.tar.gz -> Extract to…

05 - Install Upgrade VMWare Tools on CentOS 6.3

  • Wait a few moments until the Reading archive process is finished.

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  • Specify a folder to extract the installation files to.

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  • The extracting files from archive to the chosen folder process can take 2-3 minutes.

08 - Install Upgrade VMWare Tools on CentOS 6.3

  • Open the vmware-tools-distrib folder.

09 - Install Upgrade VMWare Tools on CentOS 6.3

  • Double click on vmware-install.pl 

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  • Click on Run in Terminal

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  • The Terminal will open up and run the script.
  • Click on Enter after you receive the following message “Continuing this install will first uninstall the currently installed version. Do you wish to continue?”

12 - Install Upgrade VMWare Tools on CentOS 6.3 Terminal

  • Specify a directory to install the binary files or click on Enter to use the default.

13 - Install Upgrade VMWare Tools on CentOS 6.3 Terminal

  •  Specify a directory that contains the init directories or click on Enter to use the default.

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  • Specify a directory that contains the init scripts or click on Enter to use the default.

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  • Specify a directory that will contain the daemon files or click on Enter to use the default.

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  • Specify a directory that contains the library files or click on Enter to use the default.

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  • Specify a directory that contains the documentation files or click on Enter to use the default.

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  • Click on Enter to create the path /usr/share/doc/vmware-tools

19 - Install Upgrade VMWare Tools on CentOS 6.3 Terminal

  • Click on Enter to invoke the following command.

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  • Choose whether you’d like to enable the VMWare FileSystem Sync Driver feature.

21 - Install Upgrade VMWare Tools on CentOS 6.3 Terminal Features

  • Choose whether you’d like to enable VMWare Host-Guest Filesystem feature.

22 - Install Upgrade VMWare Tools on CentOS 6.3 Terminal Features

  • Choose whether you’d like to enable vmblock feature.

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  • Wait until the the installation script finishes and closes up.
  • Navigate back to VMWare vSphere client -> Click on Summary tab -> General

24 - Install Upgrade VMWare Tools on CentOS 6.3 Terminal Successfully

VMWare tools will now be Running and Up-to-date! 

 

About the author:
As CloudShare’s Business Development Manager, Alex is the (super) everyman for CloudShare’s partners and customers. He moves between development, sales and operations to ensure that everything up in the cloud makes it down to earth. Alex earned a law degree from the UCLA School of Law and has experience building out early stage businesses in tech, specialty finance, and sports. A former professional baseball player, he spends some weekends playing catcher for the San Francisco Pelicans, one of two San Francisco franchises in the Bay Area's 1880's style baseball league.