Owing to the near simultaneous death of my backup drive and my MacBookPro drive I lost my virtual machines and everything not on my thumb drive. So I had to reinstall Fusion, then reinstalled 1.1.1 - very timely. I was able to use the new importer tool to salvage my old Parallels version of Win XP - worked perfectly. Thought I'd save some time by downloading an OpenSUsE appliance, and I grabbed Fedora while I was there. I also had Fedora as a full install iso, so installed both versions.
I have a 200g drive in my MBP now so why not
Anyway - I can not get vmware tools to install. Well, they install but will not run. In the case of the appliance, they don't install because the appliance builder did not include gcc (note to appliance builders - don't leave this out!). So now I have three Linux systems that don't have network access, very poor video options, and cut/paste is right out, and I've never gotten dynamic screen resolution to work with any flavor of Unix. These same products run fine on my Win laptop with VMPlayer including dynamic screen resolution. The problem is obviously me.
I installed the two appliances, and did a full install from a distro dvd iso. Three virgin Linux vms all clamoring for VMware Tools, so...
With just one vm running I did the following to each, in turn:
I ran the "Install VMware tools" from the Fusion menu
I installed the rpm
I ran /usr/bin/vmware-config-tools.pl and it compiled and installed all modules without error (except on the system without the gcc compiler)
I set the video to 1152x800
I don't choose the experimental code
I restart the system (reboot)
I get a startup screen that says the tools are installed but not configured right (but doesn't say what is wrong). I re-run the VMware tools and the same thing happens. No joy, no clues. I disabled SELinux and tried again - still no joy. These are the very same steps I used to get these same systems running under VMPlayer in Windows.
This isn't rocket science but I'm clearly missing something. Anyone have a suggestion? Is there a link somewhere I've missed that explains to a very experienced Unix pro what is happening here?
2 Gig RAM
200 Gig disk drive <- very nice Momentus 7200 rpm with gravity sensor - took 30 minutes to install
OS X 10.5.1, fresh install on an empty drive