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How To Install VMWare Tools v4 on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Server

How To Install VMWare Tools v4 on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Server and 12.10 Server

Written: March 13, 2012
Originally posted by: Justin Schier
Last Updated: October 24, 2012
Tested With: Ubuntu 12.10 Server, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Server, Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS Server, Ubuntu 11.10 Server

All the guides I found on the Internet, including VMWare’s website were outdated in some way, so I decided to write a guide of my own. I just went through these steps from start to finish on a fresh server and had no problems. In about 5 minutes, you will be able to install VMWare Tools on Ubuntu Server.
  1. Use Install VMWare Tools option in VMWare Client to attach media
    ubuntu vmware tools install 12.10 
  2. Update the server
  3. Create the mount point
  4. Mount the ISO

    You should see the message: mount: block device /dev/sr0 is write-protected, mounting read-only
  5. Change Directory
  6. Copy the tar file to your /tmp directory
  7. Install Build tools if necessary
  8. Change Directory
  9. Unmount the ISO
  10. Expand the tar
  11. Change Directory
  12. To prevent a potential error in the install script on Ubuntu 11.10+, create a special directory
    Unable to create symlink “/usr/lib64/” pointing to file ”/usr/lib/vmware-tools/lib64/”.
  13. Run the Install Script. The -d flag automatically answers the default to all questions. To customize it, just omit the -d.
  14. Reboot
Let me know if this worked for you!
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