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VMWare Tools for ESXi 5.x on Centos v6.x

The following describes installing the VMWare ESXi tools on a CentOS v6.x x86_64 headless VM. VMWare provide a repository 'package' file, but it is not in the same directory as the repository.

The stock CentOS kernel provides drivers for network, disk (SCSI) and virtual memory (balloon). The VMWare tools provide additional support for power control, time, guest info etc

Install the repository

# rpm -Uvh http://packages.vmware.com/tools/esx/5.1/repos/vmware-tools-repo-RHEL6-9.0.0-2.x86_64.rpm

Install the tools no X Windows tools:

# yum install vmware-tools-esx-nox

Once the tools are installed the VMX3 network adapter and the para-virtualised SCSI driver should be operational (ensure the VM configuration uses these device types).

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yum install vmware-tools-esx-nox

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 Package                           Arch    Version              Repository                Size
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Installing:
 vmware-tools-esx-nox              x86_64  9.0.0-2              vmware-tools-collection  3.0 k
Installing for dependencies:
 perl                              x86_64  4:5.10.1-131.el6_4   updates                   10 M
 perl-Module-Pluggable             x86_64  1:3.90-131.el6_4     updates                   39 k
 perl-Pod-Escapes                  x86_64  1:1.04-131.el6_4     updates                   31 k
 perl-Pod-Simple                   x86_64  1:3.13-131.el6_4     updates                  211 k
 perl-libs                         x86_64  4:5.10.1-131.el6_4   updates                  577 k
 perl-version                      x86_64  3:0.77-131.el6_4     updates                   50 k
 vmware-tools-core                 x86_64  9.0.0-2              vmware-tools-collection  3.9 M
 vmware-tools-foundation           x86_64  9.0.0-4              vmware-tools-collection   60 k
 vmware-tools-guestlib             x86_64  9.0.0-3              vmware-tools-collection   44 k
 vmware-tools-libraries-nox        x86_64  9.0.0-2              vmware-tools-collection  2.7 M
 vmware-tools-plugins-autoUpgrade  x86_64  9.0.0-2              vmware-tools-collection  5.7 k
 vmware-tools-plugins-deployPkg    x86_64  9.0.0-2              vmware-tools-collection   45 k
 vmware-tools-plugins-guestInfo    x86_64  9.0.0-2              vmware-tools-collection   21 k
 vmware-tools-plugins-hgfsServer   x86_64  9.0.0-2              vmware-tools-collection  5.7 k
 vmware-tools-plugins-powerOps     x86_64  9.0.0-2              vmware-tools-collection  7.4 k
 vmware-tools-plugins-timeSync     x86_64  9.0.0-2              vmware-tools-collection  9.3 k
 vmware-tools-plugins-vix          x86_64  9.0.0-2              vmware-tools-collection   67 k
 vmware-tools-plugins-vmbackup     x86_64  9.0.0-2              vmware-tools-collection   13 k
 vmware-tools-services             x86_64  9.0.0-3              vmware-tools-collection  339 k

Transaction Summary
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Install      20 Package(s)

Total download size: 18 M
Installed size: 55 M
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