Administration Guide : Creating and Configuring Virtual Machines : Installing a Guest Operating System and VMware Tools : Installing VMware Tools in the Guest Operating System

Installing VMware Tools in the Guest Operating System
This section describes how to install VMware Tools and the network driver in the guest operating system. Note the following:
In each procedure, choosing Settings > VMware Tools Install prepares the CD-ROM drive in the virtual machine to use an ISO image file containing the VMware Tools packages. This image, which appears as a regular CD-ROM disk in the virtual machine, was placed on your server machine when you installed VMware ESX Server.
Select the appropriate procedure below for installing VMware Tools in your guest operating system.
To install VMware Tools in a Windows Server 2003 guest
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Choose Settings > VMware Tools Install to connect the virtual machine’s CD-ROM drive to an ISO image file on the ESX Server machine.
If autorun is enabled in your guest operating system, a dialog box appears asking whether you want to install VMware Tools.
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Click Install to launch the installation wizard.
If autorun is not enabled, the dialog box does not appear. Run VMwareTools.exe from the CD-ROM drive (choose Start > Run > D:\VMwareTools.exe) to install VMware Tools.
Two Hardware Installation messages appear, stating that the VMware SVGA and VMware Pointing Device drivers have not passed Windows Logo testing.
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When the installation completes, ESX Server disconnects the ISO image file and returns the virtual machine’s CD-ROM drive to its original configuration.
To install VMware Tools in a Windows XP guest
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Choose Settings > VMware Tools Install to connect the virtual machine’s CD-ROM drive to an ISO image file on the ESX Server machine.
If autorun is enabled in your guest operating system, a dialog box appears asking whether you want to install VMware Tools.
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Click Install to launch the installation wizard.
If autorun is not enabled, the dialog box does not appear. Run VMwareTools.exe from the CD-ROM drive (choose Start > Run > D:\VMwareTools.exe) to install VMware Tools.
Two Hardware Installation messages appear, stating that the VMware SVGA and VMware Pointing Device drivers have not passed Windows Logo testing.
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When the installation completes, ESX Server disconnects the ISO image file and returns the virtual machine’s CD-ROM drive to its original configuration.
To Install VMware Tools in a Windows 2000 guest
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Choose Settings > VMware Tools Install to connect the virtual machine’s CD-ROM drive to an ISO image file on the ESX Server machine.
If autorun is enabled in your guest operating system, a dialog box appears asking whether you want to install VMware Tools.
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Click Install to launch the installation wizard.
If autorun is not enabled, the dialog box does not appear. Run VMwareTools.exe from the CD-ROM drive (Start > Run > D:\VMwareTools.exe, where D: is the first CD-ROM drive in your virtual machine) to install VMware Tools.
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When installation is complete, choose Settings > Cancel Tools Install to disconnect the ISO image file and return the virtual machine’s CD-ROM drive to its original configuration.
To install VMware Tools and the Network Driver in a Windows NT 4.0 guest
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Choose Settings > VMware Tools Install to connect the virtual machine’s CD-ROM drive to an ISO image file on the ESX Server machine.
If autorun is enabled in your guest operating system, a dialog box appears asking whether you want to install VMware Tools.
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Click Install to launch the installation wizard.
If autorun is not enabled, the dialog box does not appear. Run setup.exe from the CD-ROM drive (choose Start > Run > D:\setup.exe) to install VMware Tools.
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If you configured this virtual machine to use the vmxnet network driver, choose Start > Control Panel > Network > Adapters and click Add.
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Click Have Disk and type D:\Program files\VMware\VMware Tools\Drivers\vmxnet\winnt in the Insert Disk dialog box.
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Click OK when VMware Virtual Ethernet Adapter appears in the Select OEM Option dialog box.
The VMware network driver is installed.
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Click Close in the Adapters dialog box to complete the installation.
Windows lets you configure the Internet address for the card.
If you are installing on a virtual machine that was created with VMware Workstation and used networking, use an address different from the one the original network configuration used (that address is assigned to the now nonexistent virtual AMD card). Or change the address assigned to the AMD card.
 
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The VMware Virtual Ethernet Adapter driver runs correctly only if you have Service Pack 3 or later installed. If you do not have the correct service pack installed, you might get an error message such as:
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When installation is complete, and before you reboot, choose Settings > Cancel Tools Install to disconnect the ISO image file and return the virtual machine’s CD-ROM drive to its original configuration.
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To Install VMware Tools in a Linux Guest
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Choose Settings > VMware Tools Install and click Install.
This step connects the virtual machine’s CD-ROM drive to an ISO image file on the ESX Server machine.
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In your Linux guest, become root, mount the VMware Tools virtual CD-ROM, copy the installer file from the virtual CD-ROM to /tmp, and unmount the CD-ROM.
su
mount -t iso9660 /dev/cdrom /mnt
cp /mnt/vmware-linux-tools.tar.gz /tmp
umount /dev/cdrom
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cd /tmp
tar zxf vmware-linux-tools.tar.gz
cd vmware-tools-distrib
./vmware-install.pl
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vmware-toolbox &
 
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If you created this virtual machine using the vmxnet driver, run netconfig or another network configuration utility in the virtual machine to set up the virtual network adapter.
To install VMware Tools in a NetWare 6.0 SP3, 6.5, or 5.1 SP6 guest
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Choose File > Install VMware Tools.
The remaining steps take place inside the virtual machine.
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LOAD CDDVD
LOAD CD9660.NSS
When the driver finishes loading, begin installing VMware Tools.
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vmwtools:\setup.ncf
When the installation finishes, the message VMware Tools for NetWare are now running appears in the Logger Screen (NetWare 6.5 guests) or the Console Screen (NetWare 5.1 guests).
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restart server
Make sure the VMware Tools virtual CD-ROM image (netware.iso) is not attached to the virtual machine. If it is, right-click the CD-ROM icon in the status bar of the console window and select Disconnect.