One of the most repeated questions in the BitNami forums is how to install vmware-tools in the BitNami Virtual Appliances. In this post we will try to explain the process to install them manually.
Before starting your Virtual Appliance, you should add a cdrom device to the machine if this device does not exist. If you have VMWare Workstation, VMWare Player or you simply are using a web interface you can add easily a new cdrom device from your Control Panel.
You should install the latest kernel, in case a new one has been released since the virtual machine was created. You can do so issuing the following command:
# zypper update kernel-default
If no newer version is found, the command will not take effect. If the zypper package tool installed a new kernel, you will need to reboot the machine:
Once the machine is started using the new Linux kernel, you can access the VMWare tools. In the version of VMWare that we tested there is an option in the Control Panel: VM -> Install VMWare tools ...
This action simulates mounting a cdrom that includes the tools. Now it is necessary to mount the cdrom to install them:
# mkdir /mnt/cdrom # mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom # cd /mnt/cdrom # rpm -i VMWareTools-
Before running the VMWare configuration tool it is necessary to install some dependencies:
# zypper install gcc make tar kernel-source
Finally you can configure the VMWare tools installed in the BitNami Virtual Appliance.
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