VMware Tools is a set of utilities that enhances the performance of virtual machines and provides better management capabilities. It allows seamless integration between the host and guest operating systems, improving graphics performance, enabling shared folders, and more. Ubuntu 14.04 is an older version of Ubuntu, but you can still install VMware Tools on it.
In this short guide, we will explain how to install VMware Tools on Ubuntu 14.04.
Please note that Ubuntu 14.04 has reached its end-of-life and is no longer supported. It is highly recommended to upgrade to a newer version of Ubuntu for improved security and features.
Step 1: Update Your System
Before installing VMware Tools, update your Ubuntu 14.04 system using the following commands:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade
Step 2: Install Required Packages
To install VMware Tools, you need to have some required packages on your system. Install them using the following commands:
sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r)
Step 3: Mount the VMware Tools ISO Image
In the VMware virtual machine’s menu, go to VM > Install VMware Tools. This action will mount the VMware Tools ISO image on your Ubuntu 14.04 system. The ISO image should be mounted in the /media directory. To check if it’s mounted correctly, run:
You should see a directory named VMware Tools or similar.
Step 4: Extract the VMware Tools Files
Create a temporary directory to extract the VMware Tools files:
Copy the VMware Tools tar.gz file to the temporary directory:
cp /media/VMware\ Tools/VMwareTools-*.tar.gz ~/vmware-tools
Navigate to the temporary directory and extract the files:
cd ~/vmware-tools tar -xzvf VMwareTools-*.tar.gz
Step 5: Install VMware Tools
Change to the extracted VMware Tools directory:
Run the installer script:
The script will prompt you for input during the installation process. Press Enter to accept the default options. You can also customize the installation by providing your own inputs.
Step 6: Reboot the System
After the installation is complete, reboot your Ubuntu 14.04 virtual machine:
VMware Tools should now be installed and active on your Ubuntu 14.04 system.
- sudo apt-get update – Updates the package list on Ubuntu 14.04
- sudo apt-get upgrade – Upgrades installed packages on Ubuntu 14.04
- sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r) – Installs required packages for VMware Tools
- sudo ./vmware-install.pl – Runs the VMware Tools installer script
- sudo reboot – Reboots the Ubuntu 14.04 system
By following this guide, you have successfully installed VMware Tools on Ubuntu 14.04. The installation of VMware Tools enhances the performance of your virtual machine, improves graphics capabilities, enables shared folders, and provides better integration between the host and guest operating systems. However, it’s important to note that Ubuntu 14.04 has reached its end-of-life and is no longer supported. For improved security, features, and ongoing support, it is highly recommended to upgrade to a newer version of Ubuntu.
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While this does install the vmware tools, it doesn’t enable any of the features that the ubuntu kernel doesn’t come with by default. In particular the vmware tools modules that come with (the admittedly dated) Workstation 8 don’t compile (version 8.8.6-1035889). The first step would be to add a link between
/usr/src/linux-headers-3.13.0-24-generic/include/generated/uapi/linux/version.h and /usr/src/linux-headers-3.13.0-24-generic/include/version.h (where you’d use the output of “uname -r” in place of “3.13.0-24-generic”).
If you were to install the build-essentials package, did you have any better success.
I just rewrite that whole statement for you: sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r)