VMware tools on Debian 6 guest PREREQUISITS

February 8th, 2012 @ // No Comments

To install VMware tolls on minimum net installed Linux guest operating system we need the following:

aptitude install build-essential

then we need to find the proper headers for us:

aptitude search linux-image

something similar this should appear:
p linux-image-2.6-vserver-686-big – Linux 2.6 for PCs with 4GB+ RAM (meta-pack
p linux-image-2.6-xen-686 – Linux 2.6 for modern PCs (meta-package), X
p linux-image-2.6.32-5-486 – Linux 2.6.32 for old PCs
i A linux-image-2.6.32-5-686 – Linux 2.6.32 for modern PCs
p linux-image-2.6.32-5-686-bigmem – Linux 2.6.32 for PCs with 4GB+ RAM
p linux-image-2.6.32-5-686-bigmem – Debugging infos for Linux 2.6.32-5-686-big
p linux-image-2.6.32-5-amd64 – Linux 2.6.32 for 64-bit PCs

look up for the proper images available for our guest os. Then install the proper headers by replacing image with headers like this:

aptitude install linux-headers-2.6-amd64
– for 64 bit machines
aptitude install linux-headers-2.6.32-5-686 -for 32 bit machines

that is all, we proceed by installing the VMware tools as it is described in VMware documentation … mount them, untar them, install by invoking the *.pl script


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