Install VMWare tools in debian

1. Install Kernel Heaeders

  1. Get the Kernel version and remember it with:
    uname-r
  2. apt-get install linux-headers-[Kernel Version]

2. Install VMWare Tools

  1. Choose “install and upgrade VMWTools in VMWare” in your VM menu
  2. mount /dev/hda /media/cdrom
  3. cd /media/cdrom/
  4. cp VMWareTools[whateverversion]tar.gz /tmp/
  5. cd /tmp
  6. tar xvzf VMWareTools[whateverversion]tar.gz
  7. umount /media/cdrom/
  8. cd /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib/
  9. make a symlink:
    ln –s /usr/src/linux-headers-[Kernel Version] /usr/src/linux
  10. apt-get install gcc-4.1
  11. change using gcc version:
    export CC=/usr/bin/gcc-4.1
  12. I had make and killall missing on my installation so can you get it:
    apt-get install psmisc make
  13. ./vmware-install.pl

3. Uninstall VMWare Tools
After a failed installation of VMWare Tools I got following message:
A previous installation of VMWare Software has been detected… You may want to re-install VMWare Tools.

The solution was to run the uninstaller first and run the VMWare setup again:
1. ./vmware-uninstall.pl

admin on February 2nd 2010 in Linux, VMWare

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