I came across exactly the same problem when trying to install Ubuntu 9.04 on a Windows XP machine and VMware workstation 6.5.2 and VmwareTools-7.8.5-156735.tar.gz.
I fixed the problem by using the tools supplied with the latest VMware Workstation 7 beta , VMwareTools-8.1.0-169612.tar.gz. It also fixed a few other issues with the mouse.
Does anyone know of a link to the latest VMwareTools files to download without having to drag them out of a beta ? The only links I can find on the web point to open-vm, and they won't compile on this image as the version of glibc is too down level.
As a reminder, the first rule of private betas is that you're not allowed to talk about private betas (in public forums). If you had been using the right forum, you might have noticed there's already a thread about this.
My goodness, what charm school did you go too? Enlighten me as to the correct forum that I should discuss such secret matters. The beta forum links I have in the testing emails don't work, and the email I sent with feedback has been ignored, great customer service.
As the VMware tools are built on open-vm tools, what exactly are you being so secretive about? I'm not exactly dissecting the latest innovations in your VMM.
The real issue here is why there isn't an easily accessible download site for customers to go and get the latest released and beta builds of these tools. It is ridiculous the lengths paying customers like me have to go to to get their vm's working. I'm afraid this smacks of amateurism.
I don't have any of this nonsense with Virtualbox or Xen, it is all open and easily accessible.
Um, I am thinking there's not an easier way to say it other than how he did say it and he is right that betas do come with some restrictions. On the otherhand, I can understand the frustration of not being able to find a link that works. Maybe he'll help you out through private mail with further discussion of this issue.
Thank you and the blog post. The workaround works fine.
I just wonder how mortal users can survive in such environment ...