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How to install VMWare tools on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11


How to install VMWare tools on SLES server
VMWare tools missing from server


  1. Launch YaST | Software | Software Management
  2. Change Filter to Patterns, and make sure c++ compiler is installed.
    • If the c++ compiler pattern is not available, add the SLES DVD/ISO as a repository:
      TID# 000018261 How to add SLES repository on SLES server
    • If the c++ pattern is not installed, select it in the list of available patterns and install c++ compiler
  3. Right-click the VMWare guest in the VMWare client, and click Install VMWare tools
    • This may also be under a Guest tab after right-clicking on the guest VMWare
  4. Close YaST
  5. Type mount /dev/cdrom /media
  6. Type cp /media/*.tar.gz /tmp
  7. Type cd /tmp
  8. Type tar -zxvf VM*.tar.gz
  9. Type /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib/ --default
  10. Type init 6 to restart the server
  11. Type /etc/init.d/vmware-tools status to make sure it is running


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  • Document ID:7014488
  • Creation Date: 31-Jan-2014
  • Modified Date:31-Mar-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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