Ubuntu: VMware tools not working 14.04



Question:

So I upgraded my distro from 12.10 to 14.04 and VMware tools now no longer works.

I've recompiled with the new 3.13 kernel, I've tried uninstalling and installing again, nothing seems to be working. I've even fixed vmhgfs.


Solution:1

To install the VMWare Tools provided by VMWare as an iso:

Step 1: Install the build tools.

sudo apt-get update  sudo apt-get install build-essential  

Step 2: Every time you update your kernel, install the headers:

sudo apt-get update  sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)  

Step 3: Install/Update the tools from the vmware-tools-distrib directory:

To Install:

sudo ./vmware-tools-install.pl  

To Update:

sudo ./vmware-tools-config.pl  

The newer VMWare Tools installers warns you in advance to try and find an open-vm-tools package if available.

To install open-vm-tools from the console, type in:

sudo apt-get update  sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools open-vm-tools-desktop  

Restart the PC, log in and you're done!

However, there are some caveats, listed here.


Solution:2

If I remember correctly, at some point Ubuntu switched to open-vm-tools, try this package instead of the old vmware tools. Those packages are based on the source code VMware released, but are open source.


Solution:3

I succeeded in installing vmware-tools on Ubuntu Server 14.04 LTS using this guide:

http://packages.vmware.com/tools/docs/manuals/osp-esxi-51-install-guide.pdf


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