ThoughtPolice VMware Images

Installing VMware Tools in FreeBSD 6.1

Tested with VMware Tools v. 5.5.2, v. 5.5.3

1. Install software needed by VMware Tools

  1. Check if perl is installed in the VM
    perl -v
  2. If If perl is not installed, run:
    pkg_add -r perl

2. Prepare and install VMware Tools

Choose one of a), b), c) or d).

a) If you are running the VM inside VMware Workstation 5.5 Show answer

  1. From VMware Workstation: go to VM> Install VMware Tools
  2. From the VM: mount the virtual cd drive
    mount /cdrom/
  3. Extract VMware Tools to /tmp/
    tar -C /tmp -zxvf /cdrom/vmware-freebsd-tools.tar.gz
  4. Unmount the virtual cd drive
    umount /cdrom/
  5. Now run the installer
    cd /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib
    ./vmware-install.pl
  6. When asked Do you want to run vmware-config-tools.pl?, answer "Yes".

b) If you have VMware-workstation-5.5.3-34685.tar.gz on disk Show answer

  1. Make sure VMware-workstation-5.5.3-34685.tar.gz is on disk inside the VM.
  2. Extract the VMware Tools iso
    tar --strip-components=3 -zxvf VMware-workstation-5.5.3-34685.tar.gz \
    vmware-distrib/lib/isoimages/freebsd.iso
  3. Create a temporary mount point
    mkdir /mnt/vmtools-temp
  4. Prepare to mount the image
    mdconfig -a -t vnode -f freebsd.iso -u 1
  5. Do the mount
    mount -t cd9660 /dev/md1 /mnt/vmtools-temp
  6. Copy VMware Tools from the mount
    cp /mnt/vmtools-temp/vmware-freebsd-tools.tar.gz /tmp/
  7. Extract VMware Tools to /tmp/
    tar -C /tmp -zxvf /mnt/vmtools-temp/vmware-freebsd-tools.tar.gz
  8. Tidy up
    umount /mnt/vmtools-temp
    mdconfig -d -u md1
    rmdir /mnt/vmtools-temp
    rm freebsd.iso
  9. Now run the installer
    cd /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib
    ./vmware-install.pl
  10. When asked Do you want to run vmware-config-tools.pl?, answer "Yes".

c) If you have vmware-freebsd-tools.tar.gz on disk Show answer

  1. Extract VMware Tools to /tmp/
    tar -C /tmp -zxvf vmware-freebsd-tools.tar.gz
  2. Now run the installer
    cd /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib
    ./vmware-install.pl
  3. When asked Do you want to run vmware-config-tools.pl?, answer "Yes".

d) If you cannot do any of these Show answer

  1. Download VMware Workstation Trial (free) from
    http://www.vmware.com/download/ws/
  2. Go to If you have VMware-workstation-5.5.3-34685.tar.gz on disk, above.

Comments? Feedback? e-mail me