Easy install VMware Tools on a Debian Linux host

  • Inject the Vmware Tools CD on your VMware host
  • start a local session (within your VMware host. The network connection will be lost during the installation)
  • Install the needed packets (also refer to my proxy-post here)
apt-get -y install gcc cpp make automake autoconf binutils psmisc unp
apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)
  • Make a folder for the CD-ROM Drive
mkdir /mnt
  • Mount the CD-ROM Drive
Mount /dev/scd0 /mnt
  • Extract the VMware package
unp /mnt/VMware*.tar.gz
  • Change to the VMware folder
cd vmware-tools-*
  • start the installer with perl
Perl vmware-install.pl
  • Hit Enter on all question (Default settings)
  • Do not install VMsync if you don’t need it (I think you can skip this)
  • Reboot
shutdown -r now

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