VMware Tools installation
VMware provides tools that should be installed into all virtual machines running on UKCloud. The tools provide additional features such as automated customisation as well as improved performance by implementing optimised drivers such as storage, network and display. You can find more information here.
In VMware Cloud Director, locate the virtual machine in which you want to install VMware Tools.
In the card for the VM, select Actions, then Install VMware tools.
Login to the operating system and follow the wizard to install the tools.
There are two methods of installing the VMware tools for Linux, from within VMware Cloud Director using the method above or installing the open-vm-tools, which are now supported by VMware. Not all distributions provide support for the open-vm-tools however the following well known distributions do:
Installing the VMware tools via VMware Cloud Director requires modules to be built against the running kernel. If the kernel is updated, the administrator needs to run the VMware tools setup again to recompile the modules. UKCloud recommends using the open-vm-tools because this maintenance is handled by the package manager when the kernel is updated.
The open-vm-tools is available via the epel repository.
Add epel repository.
sudo yum install epel-release
If the command above fails then you can run the following commands dependent on the version you are running:
wget http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/5/x86_64/epel-release-5-4.noarch.rpm sudo rpm -Uvh epel-release-5*.rpm
wget http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/6/x86_64/epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm sudo rpm -Uvh epel-release-6*.rpm
wget http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/7/x86_64/e/epel-release-7-5.noarch.rpm sudo rpm -Uvh epel-release-7*.rpm
No reboot required.
sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools
No reboot required.
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