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Am struggling to install vmtools on a ubuntu 10.04 server guest on my esxi server. I have tried the "Install VM Tools" option but that does nothing. I have tried running the apt-get install vmware-tools but get the message that there are no packages. Has anyone managed to do this as it is driving me nuts?

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When you use the "Install VM Tools" action a virtual media should be available from the cdrom from the guest OS (the cdrom is attached to the vmware tools iso). Because you are using a server install (no cdrom auto mount magic) you will need to manually mount the cdrom:

sudo mkdir /mnt/cdrom
sudo mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom

Check the contents from /mnt/cdrom, there is a binary that you will need to execute to install the tools (I don't have vmware installed right now to check).

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This is what happens when trying to do work stuff late at night after a full day! thanks very much for the nudge in teh right direction! – Tim Alexander Nov 15 '10 at 11:22

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