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VMware tools on Linux CentOS 6.x

Posted on 14/10/2013 · Posted in Development

Installing VMware Tools on Centos 6.x is quite simple, here is a short reminder on how to do it. The examples below are for the base version of ESXi 5.1 and 5.5. If you have 5.1 Update 1, change the repository accordingly. You can also use the “latest” repository. You can browse the VMware tools repository with the following URL: http://packages.vmware.com/tools/esx/index.html

 

CentOS 6.x 64-bit

vSphere ESXi 5.1

yum -y install http://packages.vmware.com/tools/esx/5.1/repos/vmware-tools-repo-RHEL6-9.0.0-2.x86_64.rpm

vSphere ESXi 5.5

yum -y install http://packages.vmware.com/tools/esx/5.5/repos/vmware-tools-repo-RHEL6-9.4.0-1.el6.x86_64.rpm

Install VMware-Tools

yum -y install vmware-tools-esx-nox

CentOS 6.x 32-bit

vSphere ESXi 5.1

yum -y install http://packages.vmware.com/tools/esx/5.1/repos/vmware-tools-repo-RHEL6-9.0.0-2.i686.rpm

vSphere ESXi 5.5

yum -y install http://packages.vmware.com/tools/esx/5.5/repos/vmware-tools-repo-RHEL6-9.4.0-1.el6.i686.rpm

Install VMware-Tools

yum -y install vmware-tools-esx-nox

Note: The URL contains the ESX version (in example 5.1, 5.5 etc.).

 

Excluding VMware tools

If you ever need to update a CentOS or RHEL server and exclude VMware tools from the update list, just use the following simple command:

yum -x 'vmware-tools*' -x 'kmod-vmware-tools*' update

Update:

Centos 7.x and RHEL 7.x guide can be found here.