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VMtools do not install on Variphy Linux OVA

After attempting to install VM tools, the process may generate errors, or complete without errors but not appear to install the vmtools as expected. In this case, you can attempt the following workaround

  1. from command line type sudo mkdir /mnt/cdrom
  2. type sudo mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom
  3. You should get a confirmation that the device is write protected, mounting read-only.
  4. type cp /mnt/cdrom/VMwareTools-10.0.6-3560309.tar.gz /home/variphyadmin (NOTE: the name of the VMwareTools file may differ slightly – you can type the first part of the filename and then press TAB, and it should auto-complete the file name it sees in the directory)
  5. type cd /home/variphyadmin
  6. type tar -xzvf VMwareTools-…tar.gz (matching the full name of your VMWareTools file)
  7. Then type cd vmware-tools-distrib
  8. next sudo ./vmware-install.pl -d
  9. This should complete the install without minimal prompts. Check Vsphere again to see if the tools are showing as installed now.
  10. NOTE: If the process completes, but still does not appear to install the vmtools, try the syntax again without the -d flag on the end. This will prompt you to answer questions during the install individually, and may reveal a default setting that needs to be corrected in the individual prompts that may get missed in the prompt overrides.

Updated on May 10, 2019