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?
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:
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).