Installing VMware Tools on a CentOS 5 VM

The first thing to do in the installation process is to add the CD/DVD ROM device within the VMware Fusion Settings for the CentOS VM. This should be done only after the VM is shut down.

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Then start the virtual machine and enter the following commands into Terminal. These commands enable us to download a required C compiler and create a symbolic link to the CentOS kernel files.

$ yum install gcc gcc-c++ kernel-devel
$ sudo ln –s /usr/src/kernels/[kernel version] /usr/src/linux

Mount the right volume and uncompress installation files

$ sudo mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom
$ cd /mnt/cdrom
$ cp VMwareTools-[version].tar.gz /tmp
$ cd /tmp
$ sudo umount /mnt/cdrom
$ tar zxf VMwareTools-[version].tar.gz

Finally run the installation script

$ cd /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib
$ sudo ./vmware-install.pl
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