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Installing VMware Tools on Linux Virtual Machines

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After finishing my last How to Video on Installing and the Basic Configuration of CentOS I realized that if the user was indeed installing CentOS on a VMware Virtual appliance and not a physical machine then there was one more added step that needs to be done and that is installing the VMware Tools.

VMware Tools is a suite of utilities that enhances the performance of the virtual machine’s guest operating system and improves management of the virtual machine. Installing VMware Tools in the guest operating system is vital. Although the guest operating system can run without VMware Tools, you lose important functionality and convenience. Now on a Windows machine this is essentially a walk through the park that requires no extra or special knowledge but for Linux this is a whole different scenario that equates to building Hover Dam from the ground up if you have never done so before.

In this instructional how to video I will be going over in detail how to correctly install VMware Tools on a Linux Operating System, The Virtual Linux Operating System used in this example will be CentOS and the VMware Virtual Appliance is VMware Player 5. Even though this is being demonstrated on CentOS this method will work on basically any Linux Distribution, I myself have also done this install on Ubuntu, lubuntu, and Linux Mint. As far as the VMware Appliance menu while being demonstrated on VMware Player 5 this will work on versions 3, 4, and 6 along with Workstation and Vsphere VMware appliances.

Just click on the below you tube video to begin.

John Keller
John has been in the IT profession for over 20 years along with being certified in both Comptia Security + (2008 edition) and a MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) on Both Windows XP & Server 2003 Administration, He currently works as an Windows System Administrator for Northrop Grumman in the Greater Los Angeles Area and manages 3 Windows Active Directory Private Networks (Two 2008 R2 and One 2012 R2) along With 2 VMware EXSI 5.5 Servers in the US. He has been an avid fan and follower of Windows Home Server (Now the Essentials Role of Windows Server) and Visualization Since 2009. He is currently trying to exploit the full potential of Microsoft's Windows Server Operating System to the Home & Small to Medium Business Community along with the power of Visualization. When not being a Nerd and a Geek he likes to watch Movies, Read Comic Books, and most importantly spend time with his family.

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