VMware tools are required to share the directory from base operating system to guest operating system.It also provide the option to drag files from base OS to guest OS to copy the files. The another important feature is cursor release on the guest operating system. You no need to press cntrl+alt to release the cursor from guest OS.
By clicking the Install VMware tools ,CD-ROM will be mounted on your guest operating system with vmware tools files.
bash-3.00# cd /cdrom/ bash-3.00# ls -lrt total 5 dr-xr-xr-x 2 root sys 2048 Oct 22 2009 vmwaretools lrwxrwxrwx 1 root nobody 13 Jul 28 22:24 cdrom0 -> ./vmwaretools bash-3.00# cd vmwaretools/ bash-3.00# ls -lrt -r--r--r-- 1 root root 19640823 Oct 22 2009 vmware-solaris-tools.tar.gz
bash-3.00# cp vmware-solaris-tools.tar.gz /var/tmp bash-3.00# cd /var/tmp bash-3.00# ls -lrt -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 913 Jul 28 22:19 brerr drwx------ 2 root root 21 Jul 28 22:24 orbit-root -r--r--r-- 1 root root 19640823 Jul 28 22:24 vmware-solaris-tools.tar.gz
3.unzip the GZ file.
bash-3.00# gunzip vmware-solaris-tools.tar.gz bash-3.00# ls -lrt -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 913 Jul 28 22:19 brerr drwx------ 2 root root 21 Jul 28 22:24 orbit-root -r--r--r-- 1 root root 64634880 Jul 28 22:24 vmware-solaris-tools.tar
bash-3.00# tar xvf vmware-solaris-tools.tar x vmware-tools-distrib, 0 bytes, 0 tape blocks x vmware-tools-distrib/bin, 0 bytes, 0 tape blocks x vmware-tools-distrib/bin/vmware-uninstall-tools.pl, 210431 bytes, 411 tape blocks x vmware-tools-distrib/bin/vmware-config-tools.pl, 418020 bytes, 817 tape blocks x vmware-tools-distrib/vmware-install.pl symbolic link to bin/vmware-uninstall-tools.pl x vmware-tools-distrib/etc, 0 bytes, 0 tape blocks x vmware-tools-distrib/etc/not_configured, 0 bytes, 0 tape blocks x vmware-tools-distrib/etc/installer.sh, 27735 bytes, 55 tape blocks x vmware-tools-distrib/etc/vmware-user.desktop, 330 bytes, 1 tape blocks x vmware-tools-distrib/etc/poweron-vm-default, 720 bytes, 2 tape blocks x vmware-tools-distrib/etc/resume-vm-default, 921 bytes, 2 tape blocks x vmware-tools-distrib/etc/suspend-vm-default, 1271 bytes, 3 tape blocks
bash-3.00#cd vmwaretools bash-3.00# ./vmware-install.pl A previous installation of VMware Tools has been detected. The previous installation was made by the tar installer (version 4). Keeping the tar4 installer database format. You have a version of VMware Tools installed. Continuing this install will first uninstall the currently installed version. Do you wish to continue? (yes/no) [yes] Uninstalling the tar installation of VMware Tools. Stopping services for VMware Tools Stopping VMware Tools services in the virtual machine: Guest operating system daemon: done File /etc/vmware-tools/vmware-user.desktop is backed up to /etc/vmware-tools/vmware-user.desktop.old.0. The removal of VMware Tools 8.1.3 build-203739 for Solaris completed successfully. Installing VMware Tools. In which directory do you want to install the binary files? [/usr/bin] What is the directory that contains the init directories (rc0.d/ to rc6.d/)? [/etc] What is the directory that contains the init scripts? [/etc/init.d] In which directory do you want to install the daemon files? [/usr/sbin] In which directory do you want to install the library files? [/usr/lib/vmware-tools] The path "/usr/lib/vmware-tools" does not exist currently. This program is going to create it, including needed parent directories. Is this what you want? [yes] In which directory do you want to install the documentation files? [/usr/share/doc/vmware-tools] The path "/usr/share/doc/vmware-tools" does not exist currently. This program is going to create it, including needed parent directories. Is this what you want? [yes] The installation of VMware Tools 8.1.3 build-203739 for Solaris completed successfully. You can decide to remove this software from your system at any time by invoking the following command: "/usr/bin/vmware-uninstall-tools.pl". Before running VMware Tools for the first time, you need to configure it by invoking the following command: "/usr/bin/vmware-config-tools.pl". Do you want this program to invoke the command for you now? [yes] Stopping VMware Tools services in the virtual machine: Guest operating system daemon: done Detected X.org version 7.2.0. Host resolution detected as "1440 x 900". Please choose one of the following display sizes that X will start with:  "640x480"  "800x600"  "1024x768"  "1152x864" < "1280x800" Please enter a number between 1 and 5:  2 Starting VMware Tools services in the virtual machine: Switching to guest configuration: done Guest filesystem driver: done Mounting HGFS shares: done Guest memory manager: done Guest operating system daemon: done The configuration of VMware Tools 8.1.3 build-203739 for Solaris for this running kernel completed successfully. You must restart your X session before any mouse or graphics changes take effect. You can now run VMware Tools by invoking the following command: "/usr/bin/vmware-toolbox" during an X server session. The installed vmxnet driver will be used for all vlance and vmxnet network devices on this system. Existing vlance devices will transition from the pcn driver to the vmxnet driver on the next reconfiguration reboot. You will need to verify your network settings accordingly. If you have configured a pcn interface, the corresponding files are now renamed to use the vmxnet device name to ensure the interface will be brought up properly upon reboot. For example, the following commands were performed: # mv /etc/hostname.pcn0 /etc/hostname.vmxnet0 # mv /etc/hostname6.pcn0 /etc/hostname6.vmxnet0 # mv /etc/dhcp.pcn0 /etc/dhcp.vmxnet0 and will cause the Solaris Service Management Facility to bring up the first vmxnetX interface using the configuration of your current pcnX interface. Enjoy, --the VMware team.
Now you can logoff and login again to utilize the vmware tools feature.
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