VMware tools install help for Debian Sarge guest

Discussion in 'Installation/Configuration' started by cic, Sep 23, 2007.

  1. cic

    cic New Member

    I'm running VMware Server 1.02 on a Windows Server 2003 host. I've got a Debian Sarge guest and need some guidance to install the vmware tools. My guest will not be running any desktop application. Thanks!
  2. chuckl

    chuckl New Member

    It's a good idea to get/download the server admin manual and server vm manual from VMWare, they cover a lot of this stuff.

    To install the tools on a Linux guest, you need to use the server console or a client console, with the particular guest os vm displayed, and the guest os running. Select Install VMWare Tools from the top menu.
    On a Windows guest os, the installer usually starts automatically, on a Linux guest, nothing appears to happen. i.e. it must be done manually.
    All it does is make a CD image available to mount.

    Mount the CD image
    mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom

    move to something like /tmp
    cd /tmp

    and yhave a look at the image
    ls /mnt/cdrom

    There will be an RPM and a tar.gz file in the image, called something like

    extract this to /tmp
    tar zxf VMwareTools-1.0.4-XXXXX.tar.gz

    unmount the cd image
    umount /mnt/cdrom

    and have a look

    There will be a vmware-tools-distrib or similar folder created, cd into it and run the installer
    cd vmware-tools-distrib

    Answer the questions as necessary.
  3. cic

    cic New Member

    I think we're almost there. I got to a point where it stated "None of the pre-built vmmemctl modules for VMware Tools is suitable for your running kernel". I'm currently running gcc-3.3 and my nuame -r is 2.6.8-2-386. I found an article that stated to run: apt-get install autoconf automake binutils make cpp cpp-3.3 gcc gcc-3.3 kernel-headers-$(uname -r) but apt couldn't find kernel-headers-2.6.8-2.386. Any ideas?
  4. chuckl

    chuckl New Member

    Check your /etc/apt/sources.list It probably has the word 'stable' on nearly every line. e.g.

    deb http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/ stable main

    Stable is now the etch repository. Change the 'stable's to 'sarge' (no quotes of course)

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