How to install VMware Tools in Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx)

VMware Tools are fully compatible with Ubuntu 10.04. Before you continue, make sure that you are using the latest version of your VMware software product. If this is not the case, upgrade to the latest version, because you need the newest version of VMware Tools.
First attach the ISO image containing VMware Tools to the virtual machine. Then open a terminal window and execute the following commands:

sudo apt-get update  && apt-get upgrade

sudo mount /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom

cp /media/cdrom/VMware*.tar.gz /tmp

sudo umount /media/cdrom

cd /tmp

tar xzvf VMware*.gz

cd vmware-tools-distrib/

sudo ./

When the installation scripts promps for answers, just hit Enter since defaults are OK.

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22 thoughts on “How to install VMware Tools in Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx)

  1. I used VMware for years until I discovered VirtualBox. It’s free and does everything I did with VMware.

  2. Add the -d flag in the install command to automate the install with the default settings: sudo ./ -d

  3. I am unable to get past the 2nd step, I keep getting mount: /dev/sr0: unknown device

    Any ideas?

  4. Huh, can’t u just install it from the standard repositories within the guest Ubuntu system?

  5. i did have some problems to…
    this is what i did..

    sudo mkdir /media/CURRENT
    sudo mount /dev/cdrom /media/CURRENT

  6. It sucks that they removed the cdrom from fstab…breaks all of my scripted installs.

    /cdrom still exists by default, so you can mount to that instead of creating a new mount point:

    sudo mount /dev/cdrom /cdrom

  7. Well, i have the lite version of vmware fusion, and i can’t mount the vmware tools. the point in the menu is just appearing grey. can i download the iso from anywhere?

  8. The install process succeeded, but the following configuration process failed with this :
    chgrp:cannot access ‘/usr/lib/cups/backend/tpvmlp’: No such file or directory.

    Unable to change the rights of the file /usr/lib/cups/backend/tpvmlp’

    Execution aborted.
    Please help me figure out this.

  9. I struggled with this for a few hours because I am using VMWare Server, vs. VMWare Workstation.

    The VMWare Tools ISO from VMWare Server WOULDN’T WORK with Ubuntu Server 10.04. I had to use the ISO that came with Workstation 7.
    I downloaded and installed Workstation 7, and found the linux.iso in the directory C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Workstation\linux.iso

    The VMWare tools Linux.ISO that comes with VMWare workstation 7 that I downloaded is;
    ISO modified date is 11/11/2010.

    The VMWare tools on the Linux.ISO that comes with VMware Server : Version 2.0.2 : Build 203138

    Hope this helps some of you all!

  10. To help pick this up in search engines. This is similar to the error(s) I was getting.
    And I was able to fix it with the Workstation 7 linux.iso

    Building the vmmemctl module.

    Using 2.6.x kernel build system.
    make: Gehe in Verzeichnis ‘/tmp/vmware-config8/vmmemctl-only’
    make -C /lib/modules/2.6.31-19-server/build/include/.. SUBDIRS=$PWD SRCROOT=$PWD/. modules
    make[1]: Betrete Verzeichnis ‘/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.31-19-server’
    CC [M] /tmp/vmware-config8/vmmemctl-only/backdoorGcc64.o
    In file included from /tmp/vmware-config8/vmmemctl-only/backdoor.h:29,
    from /tmp/vmware-config8/vmmemctl-only/backdoorGcc64.c:38:
    /tmp/vmware-config8/vmmemctl-only/vm_basic_types.h:108:7: warning: “__FreeBSD__” is not defined
    CC [M] /tmp/vmware-config8/vmmemctl-only/os.o
    In file included from /tmp/vmware-config8/vmmemctl-only/os.c:51:
    /tmp/vmware-config8/vmmemctl-only/compat_wait.h:78: error: conflicting types for ‘poll_initwait’
    include/linux/poll.h:70: note: previous declaration of ‘poll_initwait’ was here
    make[2]: *** [/tmp/vmware-config8/vmmemctl-only/os.o] Fehler 1
    make[1]: *** [_module_/tmp/vmware-config8/vmmemctl-only] Fehler 2
    make[1]: Verlasse Verzeichnis ‘/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.31-19-server’
    make: *** [vmmemctl.ko] Fehler 2
    make: Verlasse Verzeichnis ‘/tmp/vmware-config8/vmmemctl-only’
    Unable to build the vmmemctl module.

  11. you first must to create de directory with the command: mkdir, look at it in Taringa or wherever you want.

  12. Just unzip the file in the cdrom and then, by console, use:

    cd vmware-tools-distrib/
    sudo ./

    that’s all, abviously we must to actualizate our system, but the unzip isn’t complicate how here is.

  13. error setting MTRR (base = 0xd4000000, size = 0x00400000, type = 1) Inappropriate ioctl for device (25)
    ddxSigGiveUp: Closing log
    Creating a new initrd boot image for the kernel.
    update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-34-server
    Checking acpi hot plug done
    Starting VMware Tools services in the virtual machine:
    Switching to guest configuration: done
    Guest operating system daemon: failed
    Virtual Printing daemon: done
    Unable to start services for VMware Tools

    Execution aborted.

    Any suggestions how I can get past this error?

  14. Thanks for the post!

    I had a fresh 10.04 Server install with only OpenSSH, and VMware tools required make, gcc and the linux headers to be installed before running /usr/bin/

    sudo apt-get instlal make
    sudo apt-get install gcc
    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)

    Hope that helps someone else.


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