Installing VMware Tool on Ubuntu 14.04

To install VMware Tools on an Ubuntu 14.04 server, use the following instructions:

1) From Virtual Centre, go to Virtual Machine > Install VMware Tools (or VM > Install VMware Tools).

2) Create a directory to mount the CD-ROM by running the command:

sudo mkdir /mnt/cdrom

When prompted for a password, enter your Ubuntu admin user password.

3) Mount the CD-ROM by running the command:

sudo mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom

4) The file name of the VMware Tools bundle varies depending on your version of the VMware product. Run this command to find the exact name:

ls /mnt/cdrom

5) Extract the contents of the VMware Tools bundle by running the command:

tar xzvf /mnt/cdrom/VMwareTools-x.x.x-xxxx.tar.gz -C /tmp/

Note: x.x.x-xxxx is the version discovered in the previous step.

6) Change directories into the VMware Tools distribution by running the command:

cd /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib/

7) Install VMware Tools by running the command:

sudo ./vmware-install.pl -d

Note: The -d switch assumes that you want to accept the defaults. If you do not use -d, press Return to accept each default or supply your own answers.

8) Run this command to reboot the virtual machine after the installation completes:

sudo reboot

 

Ref: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1022525