How To Install VMware Tools on Ubuntu Guests

I’ve been playing more and more with virtualization lately.  Partly in testing Ubuntu alpha and beta releases but also testing  the folding project installer and compatibility with multiple distributions.  You may have seen my previous tutorials on installing VMware Server on Ubuntu 7.04 or installing VMware Server on Ubuntu 7.10.  This tutorial should maintain compatibility with either host (servers running 7.04 or 7.10) in installing vmware tools within the Ubuntu guests.

Install The Compiler Tools

You’ll need to install a few packages in order to compile the latest VMware Tools.  These steps are done within the Ubuntu virtual guest: