Installing VMware Tools for Suse 8.1


I am new to Linux - what a big world it is.

I have installed VMWARE 4.5.1 and Suze 8.1 and want to install the VMware tools, but can't find out how to easily do this. Could you give me some advice or a howto.

Thanks for your help. Linux rules - or sure it will as soon as I get to play.

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nsanityConnect With a Mentor Commented:
When you go to VMWare and select Install VMWare tools, it takes the CDrom drive you have in your VM and loads a virtual CD with the vmware tools installation:

So you'll want to:

mount /dev/cdrom /mnt
(where cdrom is hdc1 or hdd1 or whatever your vmware cdrom drive is in your linux virtual machine)

and then

cd /mnt

and then you should be able to run the installation tools.  You'll see a file in there (I forget what it is called) but just

root@box /mnt# ./filename

And it will launch the installer!
sciuriwareConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You should have the tools at hand (hidden) when you have VMWARE installed.
When you start up VMWARE and have chosen a virtual machine you can install the tools, but,
So, if you run W98 on top of SuSE (like I do) there should by a VMWARE icon in the W98 system tray
to indicate that the tools are running (as a service).
To get them there, use the menu commands of the VMWARE window itself.

Btw, those tools are very important as those are the only way to shrink the virtual disk file(s)
in the host system.
halcyoneAuthor Commented:

I have managed to find the for the install, which runs through some installation directory options - I selected the defaults, but when it loads the vmware tools it asks to close Xfree86 sessions - so how do I do that - guess I need to come out of the GUI and load up into some command line - any ideas. I have tried running the install Vm tools from the VM console, but that doesn't work.

its a beutiful da, the sun is shining the tunes are on....and I need a bite from the linux-apple-tree-of-knowledge
nsanityConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You need to switch init levels.  

You can reboot and hit Control + D to get into single user mode, or you can open a terminal and type "init 3" to go into single user mode.  Then, when you are done you can "init 5" or just reboot.
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