Has anybody successfully installed esxi vm tools on ubuntu 8.04.1. I have a standard vm with iso installed ubuntu. Screen is dragging and responding slowly to mouse clicks. I guess I need to install vmtools. I have no idea about linux or any of its flavours and am using this exercise to teach myself. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Install the Linux Headers, and the Build Essentials packages (They may all ready be there, but this will make sure they are and up todate).
sudo apt-get install build-essential
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r`
After that is finished, click on the VM menu, and select Install VMWare Tools. Ubuntu will mount a virtual CD. Browse the CD and extract the VMWare tools TAR.GZ file to a folder somewhere like a home drive. In the terminal, cd into that extracted directory and run the following:
Accept all defaults, and reboot after its finished.
*If you do have any problems after that you may want to read this thread. As 8.04 has been known to cause problems depending on the kernal version
The latest version of ESXi (3.5.0 Update 2) should have tools that run in most versions of Linux. Granted you will need to rebuild the tools, but nothing special after that, that I have discovered.
Edward L. Haletky
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Author of the book 'VMWare ESX Server in the Enterprise: Planning and Securing Virtualization Servers', Copyright 2008 Pearson Education.
CIO Virtualization Blog: http://www.cio.com/blog/index/topic/168354
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