How To Install Tools With VMWare Player

Windows Guests

  1. Start the Windows guest virtual machine by double-clicking its name in the VMware Player window.

  2. Log into your Windows operating system as a user with administrative privileges if you aren't logged in automatically.

  3. Click the "Virtual Machine" menu at the top of the VMware Player operating system window and click "Install VMware Tools."

  4. Click "Next" in the welcome wizard that appears in the guest Windows system. If the welcome window does not appear, CD autorun is disabled. Start the installer by clicking "Start," "My Computer," right-clicking the virtual VMware CD drive and clicking "Install or Run Program" instead.

  5. Install VMware tools with the typical installation settings by clicking "Next" and "Install."

  6. Restart your Windows guest operating system by clicking "Finish" and "Yes" when prompted.

Linux Guests

  1. Start the Linux guest virtual machine by double-clicking its name in the VMware Player window.

  2. Log into your Linux operating system if you aren't logged in automatically.

  3. Open a Terminal by clicking "Applications," "Accessories" or "System Tools" and "Terminal."

  4. Become the root user with permission to modify the Linux system by typing "su" into the Terminal or "sudo su" on Ubuntu Linux and pressing "Enter." Type your password and press "Enter" when prompted.

  5. Click the "Virtual Machine" menu at the top of the VMware Player operating system window and click "Install VMware Tools."

  6. Create a mount point for the virtual VMware Tools CD by typing "mkdir /mnt/cdrom" into the Terminal window and pressing "Enter."

  7. Mount the virtual VMware Tools CD by typing "mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom" into the Terminal window and pressing "Enter."

  8. Copy the VMware Tools installer to a temporary directory by typing "cp /mnt/cdrom/VMwareTools* /tmp/" into the Terminal window and pressing "Enter."

  9. Change to the temporary directory by typing "cd /tmp" into the Terminal window and pressing "Enter."

  10. Extract the VMware Tools installer by typing "tar -zxvf VMwareTools*" into the Terminal window and pressing "Enter."

  11. Enter the extracted VMware Tools installer directory by typing "cd vmware-tools-distrib" into the Terminal window and pressing "Enter."

  12. Run the VMware Tools installer by typing "./vmware-install.pl" into the Terminal window and pressing "Enter." Complete the VMware Tools installer by following the instructions on your screen.

  13. Restart your Linux guest operating system by typing "reboot" into the Terminal window and pressing "Enter."

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