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Install VMWare-Tools for ESXi 4.0 on CentOS x86_64 v5.5

Howto install VMware-tools on CentOS 5, running of a VMware ESXi 4 hypervisor

Steps:

  1. Install the VMWare-Tools repository
  2. Install the VMWare-Tools package

1. Repository

Follow the instructions:

# wget -P /etc/yum.repos.d/ http://plone.lucidsolutions.co.nz/linux/vmware/esxi/images/VMWare-Tools.repo 

2. Packages 

For headless (non-X windows) installations install 'vmware-tools-nox' meta package, and for full installations install the 'vmware-tools

' meta package:

# yum install vmware-tools-nox

Links

Appendices

Install vmware-tools-nox

Dependencies Resolved

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 Package                          Arch         Version           Repository     Size
=====================================================================================
Installing:
 vmware-tools-nox                 x86_64       8.0.2-208167.el5  vmware-tools  2.5 k
Installing for dependencies:
 vmware-open-vm-tools-common      x86_64       8.0.2-208167.el5  vmware-tools  3.5 M
 vmware-open-vm-tools-kmod        x86_64       8.0.2-208167.el5  vmware-tools  489 k
 vmware-open-vm-tools-nox         x86_64       8.0.2-208167.el5  vmware-tools  2.5 k
 vmware-tools-common              x86_64       8.0.2-208167.el5  vmware-tools  1.3 M

Transaction Summary
=====================================================================================
Install       5 Package(s)
Upgrade       0 Package(s)

Total download size: 5.3 M

Install vmware-tools

Dependencies Resolved

==================================================================================================
 Package                                 Arch     Version                    Repository      Size
==================================================================================================
Installing:
 vmware-tools                            x86_64   8.0.2-208167.el5           vmware-tools   2.7 k
Installing for dependencies:
 vmware-open-vm-tools                    x86_64   8.0.2-208167.el5           vmware-tools   2.7 k
 vmware-open-vm-tools-common             x86_64   8.0.2-208167.el5           vmware-tools   3.5 M
 vmware-open-vm-tools-kmod               x86_64   8.0.2-208167.el5           vmware-tools   489 k
 vmware-open-vm-tools-nox                x86_64   8.0.2-208167.el5           vmware-tools   2.5 k
 vmware-open-vm-tools-xorg-drv-display   x86_64   10.15.2.0-0.208167.el5     vmware-tools    35 k
 vmware-open-vm-tools-xorg-drv-mouse     x86_64   12.4.3.0-0.208167.el5      vmware-tools    18 k
 vmware-open-vm-tools-xorg-utilities     x86_64   8.0.2-208167.el5           vmware-tools   6.3 M
 vmware-tools-common                     x86_64   8.0.2-208167.el5           vmware-tools   1.3 M
 vmware-tools-nox                        x86_64   8.0.2-208167.el5           vmware-tools   2.5 k

Transaction Summary
==================================================================================================
Install      10 Package(s)
Upgrade       0 Package(s)

Total download size: 12 M

Public Key

The first time a package from the VMware repository is installed, the public key will be imported.

Importing GPG key 0x66FD4949 "VMware, Inc. -- Linux Packaging Key -- <linux-packages@vmware.com>" 
    from http://packages.vmware.com/tools/VMWARE-PACKAGING-GPG-KEY.pub
Is this ok [y/N]: y 
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