Installing VMware Tools on vCloud

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Purpose: This article shows students how to install VMware Tools on vCloud virtual machines running either Windows or Ubuntu guest operating systems.
 
Please Note: If you are working with VMs that have been assigned to you as part of CIS1402 Foundations, VMware tools should already be installed. The instructions below are intended for students who are creating vApps and VMs from scratch.

Other Resources: If you are not familiar with using vCloud VMs, see this article.

Instructions for a Windows guest:

1. In order to begin Windows must be installed. Power on the virtual machine and log in as your user.

2. Right click on the virtual machine and select 'Install VMware Tools' from the context menu.



3. In the virtual machine, the auto play dialogue for the VMware Tools DVD should pop up. Click the Run Setup.exe option in the menu. If the popup doesn't show, or if you inserted the VMware Tools virtual disk before you logged on to the VM, open the VMware Tools DVD and run setup.exe manually.



4. Install VMware Tools with the default options. Reboot your computer when asked to do so.




5. To confirm that VMware tools are running on your guest operating system check in the system tray. You should see the VMware Tools tray icon, as in the following screenshot:




Instructions for a Ubuntu guest:

1. In order to begin, the Ubuntu operating system must be installed along with Ubuntu Desktop.

2. Power on the virtual machine and log in as your user. Go to the Home Folder and eject any disk in the DVD drive (normally the Ubuntu install disk will be in here).




3. Go back to the vCloud Director web page. Right click on the Ubuntu virtual machine and click "Install VMware Tools" from the context menu. The status of the virtual machine will change to Installing VMware Tools as it inserts the virtual DVD in the drive.




4. Go back to the VM and open the Home folder again. Open the VMware Tools disk, which should show up under devices.




5. Open the drive, open the VMwareTools-x.x.x.-xxxxxxxx.tar.gz file and extract the vmware-tools-distrib folder onto the desktop. <u2 extract files>




6. Open a bash terminal window (shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+T) and navigate to the Desktop folder, then to the vmware-tools-distrib folder. Command: "cd Desktop/vmware-tools-distrib"

7. Run the vmware-install.pl script with the command "sudo ./vmware-install.pl" Select the defaults for all questions.