11 July 2012

Install Open Source VMware Tools on Linux Red Hat/CentOS 6

VMware makes a repository available to install the VMware tools for a variety of Linux distributions including Red Hat, CentOS.

1. Import the VMware repository GPG public keys:

rpm --import http://packages.vmware.com/tools/keys/VMWARE-PACKAGING-GPG-DSA-KEY.pub
rpm --import http://packages.vmware.com/tools/keys/VMWARE-PACKAGING-GPG-RSA-KEY.pub

2. Add the VMware repository:

Create the file "vmware-tools.repo" in the directory "/etc/repos.d/".

touch /etc/yum.repos.d/vmware-tools.repo

Add the following lines:

name=VMware Tools

3. Install VMware tools:

yum install -y vmware-open-vm-tools

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