How to Install VMWare tools for UBUNTU Server 8.10

Posted on 2009-04-27
Last Modified: 2013-12-16
Does anyone know of a good step by step guide to installing VMware tools for  UBUNTU Server 8.10.  I have found great guides for the desktop version and they are compatible to a point.  I accept all the defaults in the installer but than am asked for a location for my make file.

I figured this to be a common problem with VMWare users and thougth that VMWare would have created a guide to this by now.  If not them than perhaps UBUNTU?
I am looking for one document with step by step tailored to UBUNTU server 8.10.  Thanks
Question by:john6216
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    by:John Hurst
    The following instructions worked for me in a few Ubuntu virtual machines, but I have not tried a server install yet. Further, I did not write these instructions, rather, I googled for instructions and settled on these because they worked for me.

    Determine your Ubuntu version: uname -a  (for this example, let us say 2.6.15-23-386)
    Set up a folder to work in: I use /tools in the root.  mkdir /tools
    Give it permissions: chmod 777 /tools
    Be in root to install tools
    Download the vmware tools package into /tools
    Set up environment:
    sudo apt-get install build-essential
    sudo apt-get install linux-source-2.6.15
    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-2.6.15-23-386
    cd /usr/src
    bzip2 -d linux-source-2.6.15.tar.bz2
    tar xvf linux-source-2.6.15.tar
    ln -s linux-source-2.6.15 linux
    mv /usr/src/linux-source-2.6.15/include  /usr/src/linux-source-2.6.15/include.orig
    ln -s /usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.15-23-386/include  /usr/src/linux-source-2.6.15/include
    In the /tools folder ./

    If you upgrade kernels, you have to run through most of this again. When you install, the installer should find files where it expects to. I have probably gone through ground you already know, but I just posted the complete set I had written down for myself. I have had to do these things for RedHat, SuSE and then Ubuntu, so I keep my notes.
    ... Thinkpads_User
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    Also consider using the open source open-vm-tools instead..

    On Ubuntu 9.04 you can just do:
    sudo aptitude install open-vm-tools

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    These look great at first glance and will employ them on Thursday April 29th, I will award points then.  How does the new UBUNTU 9.04 server stack up to 8.10?  Is there a GUI with this one?

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    With the stable release of UBUNTU 9.04 if you run that command will the VMWare tools as provided by VMWare (non-open source) go in smoother?  If so can you think of a reason why 8.10 is superior to 9.04?  If not perhaps we should use 9.04 instead of 8.10...  I like this solution alot.  I am going to test out the OS in our "lab" and see if I can't get that VMWare tools piece in and then I will award points.   Thanks Experts!
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    by:John Hurst
    You want to make sure the open source tools are the counterpart of the VMware Tools. The VMware Tools assist file sharing between the Linux guest and the host computer. You will probably need this, so be sure the open source does the same. ... Thinkpads_User

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