Installing old VMWare tools onto Redhat 5.7

I upgraded the VMWare Tools on a Redhat 5.7 server after which the NIC stopped working, no ping or SSH. I went via the vm console and uninstalled the vmware tools which after a reboot allowed the server to communicate again, how do I go back to the original (old) vmtools?

I have found packages.vmware.com but I have no idea which rpm files I need to run on the machine to get a working vmtools installation.
Jon MAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
what is a little odd, is that most distros now include the drivers (E1000 or VMXNET3) for Linux, so there is no requirement to install VMware Tools to obtain the network driver.

Have you tried installing the Open VMware Tools, and what network interface are you using ?

is a driver currently installed ?
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Jon MAuthor Commented:
Yes, its currently using the E1000 driver so I can SSH to the box and administer it. Im just wondering if the old vmtools can be added it would be handy to know.
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Joy DingenenICT system consultantCommented:
Hello,

In your vcenter go to inventory/virtual machine/guest/install-update vmware-tools. Probably those are the ones you were using. They come from your vmware version. If you yum them it's the version from the repo wich might not work with your vm like you already found out.

Good luck,
Joy
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
first switch to VMXNET3, and then use Open VMware Tools
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Jon MAuthor Commented:
Thanks, when we upgraded tools originally it was from the vmware gui, is there a way to select which version goes in? (Like a legacy option?)
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Thanks, when we upgraded tools originally it was from the vmware gui, is there a way to select which version goes in? (Like a legacy option?)

No, the GUI detected you had an old version, based on ESXi host upgrade, or you had moved this VM from older host...

The only method to go back to what VMware Tools you had, was

1. Restore VM. roll back to backup before you made changes. (maybe if you had taken snapshot?)

2. Work out which version you had and re-download and install. (which you should have noted before upgrade)
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Joy DingenenICT system consultantCommented:
If you are talking about what i said, it's the version that is for your vcenter (vmware gui). mount the cd-rom, untar the package and i think run install.pl (of the top of my head). It updates when you update the vcenter.
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Jon MAuthor Commented:
Yes, I went online to packages.vmware which has the legacy versions only issue is thats its all individal files and I have no clear idea on how to install them into the server.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
you can follow my EE Article, step by step tutorial instructions with screenshots

Part 9: HOW TO: Install VMware Tools for Linux on a VMware Linux virtual machine on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) Host Server

what file do you have ?
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Jon MAuthor Commented:
I am seeing the packages here but I cant get tools to install -

https://packages.vmware.com/tools/esx/4.1p03/rhel4/x86_64/index.html
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
so what have you done, or tried, what is the error message ?

these look like VMware Tools for ESXi/ESX 4.1 is this correct ?
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Jon MAuthor Commented:
I tried using Winscp to transfer the rpm files to my machine and I ran them but linux was asking for dependencies and when I ran the dependency files and the main 'common' rpm files vmware tools didn't install so Im confused on how to install them correctly.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
older versions of the tools, are notorious, you will need to compile the tools., as detailed in my EE Article.
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Jon MAuthor Commented:
Ah Compiling the files is the missing piece of my puzzle, thanks!!!
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Jon MAuthor Commented:
Article will assist with compiling tools.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Thanks for reading the article.
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