This is a little short on how to install the ESX VMWare Tools on Ubuntu Server

If you are not running as the ‘root’ user you will need to change into super user

Lets start —

 

# if not running as ‘root’ change into super user
sudo su

# update your sources
apt-get update

# you will need to install the build tools
apt-get install build-essential
apt-get install linux-headers-server

# we can now install the tools from the virtual cd
# in esx click on the vm-guest and then select guest
# followed by install/upgrade VMWare tools
# you will need to mount the tools
mount /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom

# now copy the tools to the temp path of your server
# use tab completion to get the correct tools version
cp /media/cdrom/VMWareTools-.x.x.x-xxxx.tar.gz /tmp

# change into the tmp directory
cd /tmp

# extract the install files
# use tab completion to get the correct tools version
tar -zxf VMWareTools-.x.x.x-xxxx.tar.gz

# change into the extracted directory
# use tab completion to get the correct directory
cd vmware-tools-distrib

# now start the installing by typing the following
./vmware-install.pl

# you will see the following message
:: Installing VMware Tools. ::

# accept the defaults
:: Initializing… ::

 

– Done –