Another way to manually install VMware tools on Linux
July 6, 2012 1 Comment
Today I tried to install the VMware tools on a fresh new Fedora 17 VM, so I made sure that the VM CD drive was linked to a physical drive in “Auto detect” mode:
Then I started the VM and chosed the “Virtual Machine > Install VMWare tools” option from VMware player:
This standard message was then displayed:
And then… nothing ! (I was expecting the Linux file manager to automatically popup, which usually happens when the “automount” feature is activated).
So I tried to follow the instructions to manually install the tools, with no success:
[root@localhost mnt]# mkdir /mnt/mycdrom [root@localhost mnt]# mount -t iso9660 /dev/cdrom /mnt/mycdrom mount: no medium found on /dev/sr0
Well, if you have the same problem, then this is easy to fix since it turns out that when you choose the “Virtual Machine > Install VMWare tools” option, VMware player tries to mount the [VMWARE_PLATER_HOME]\linux.iso image. On my Windows 7 laptop, this file is located in C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Player\linux.iso.
So all you need to do is to configure your VM so that the CD drive uses this image:
Then, stop and start the VM (rebooting didn’t work for me: I had to shutdown and restart it completely) and you should be good to go: