How to Install open-vm-tools in CentOS 6.6

Q. How to install open-vm-tools in linux CentOS 6.6 ?

A. VMware is announcing the release of large portions of VMware Tools for Linux, Solaris and FreeBSD guests under GPL and GPL-compatible licenses. VMware is also announcing the creation of the Open Virtual Machine Tools (“open-vm-tools”) project on Even-though CentOS 6 not on the recommendation list, you still able to install the third party VMware-Tools (open-vm-tools) via EPEL repo as below steps.

open-vm-tools is available with these operating systems:

  • Fedora 19 and later releases
  • Debian 7.x and later releases
  • openSUSE 11.x and later releases
  • Recent Ubuntu releases (12.04 LTS, 13.10 and later)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 and later releases
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 – available Q4 2014
  • CentOS 7
  • Oracle Linux 7
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1. Prepare EPEL repo for CentOS 6.6

[root@centos66 ~]# rpm --import
[root@centos66 ~]# rpm -ivh

2. Simply run yum command to install open-vm-tools

[root@centos66 ~]# yum install open-vm-tools -y

Examples :

[root@centos66 ~]# yum install open-vm-tools -y
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
Setting up Install Process
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
 * base:
 * epel:
 * extras:
 * updates:
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package open-vm-tools.x86_64 0:9.4.6-1.el6 will be installed
--> Processing Dependency: for package: open-vm-tools-9.4.6-1.el6.x86_64
--> Processing Dependency: for package: open-vm-tools-9.4.6-1.el6.x86_64
--> Processing Dependency: for package: open-vm-tools-9.4.6-1.el6.x86_64
--> Processing Dependency: for package: open-vm-tools-9.4.6-1.el6.x86_64
--> Running transaction check
---> Package libdnet.x86_64 0:1.12-6.el6 will be installed
---> Package libicu.x86_64 0:4.2.1-9.1.el6_2 will be installed
--> Finished Dependency Resolution

Dependencies Resolved

 Package                   Arch               Version                        Repository        Size
 open-vm-tools             x86_64             9.4.6-1.el6                    epel             402 k
Installing for dependencies:
 libdnet                   x86_64             1.12-6.el6                     epel              28 k
 libicu                    x86_64             4.2.1-9.1.el6_2                base             4.9 M

Transaction Summary
Install       3 Package(s)

Total download size: 5.3 M
Installed size: 20 M
Downloading Packages:
(1/3): libdnet-1.12-6.el6.x86_64.rpm                                         |  28 kB     00:00 [Errno 12] Timeout on (28, 'Operation too slow. Less than 1 bytes/sec transfered the last 30 seconds')
Trying other mirror.
(2/3): libicu-4.2.1-9.1.el6_2.x86_64.rpm                                     | 4.9 MB     01:21
(3/3): open-vm-tools-9.4.6-1.el6.x86_64.rpm                                  | 402 kB     00:04
Total                                                                44 kB/s | 5.3 MB     02:04
Running rpm_check_debug
Running Transaction Test
Transaction Test Succeeded
Running Transaction
Warning: RPMDB altered outside of yum.
  Installing : libdnet-1.12-6.el6.x86_64                                                        1/3
  Installing : libicu-4.2.1-9.1.el6_2.x86_64                                                    2/3
  Installing : open-vm-tools-9.4.6-1.el6.x86_64                                                 3/3
  Verifying  : libicu-4.2.1-9.1.el6_2.x86_64                                                    1/3
  Verifying  : open-vm-tools-9.4.6-1.el6.x86_64                                                 2/3
  Verifying  : libdnet-1.12-6.el6.x86_64                                                        3/3

  open-vm-tools.x86_64 0:9.4.6-1.el6

Dependency Installed:
  libdnet.x86_64 0:1.12-6.el6                    libicu.x86_64 0:4.2.1-9.1.el6_2


3. Start vmtoolsd service :

[root@centos66 ~]# service vmtoolsd start
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