To Install VMware Tools in a Linux Guest

To Install VMware Tools in a Linux Guest, do the following steps,

Goto, Settings > VMware Tools Install and click Install.

This step connects the virtual machine’s CD-ROM drive to an ISO image file on the ESX Server machine.

In your Linux guest, become root, mount the VMware Tools virtual CD-ROM, copy the installer file from the virtual CD-ROM to installation directory, and unmount the CD-ROM.

mount -t iso9660 /dev/cdrom /mnt
cp /mnt/vmware-linux-tools.tar.gz /usr/src
umount /dev/cdrom

Untar the VMware Tools tar file in /tmp and install it.
cd /usr/src
tar zxf vmware-linux-tools.tar.gz
cd vmware-tools-distrib

Choose directories for the files. Enter a display size for the virtual machine and press Enter. Follow the instructions in the screen. Start X and your graphical environment and launch the VMware Tools background application.

vmware-toolbox &

Note: If you created this virtual machine using the vmxnet driver, run netconfig or another network configuration utility in the virtual machine to set up the virtual network adapter.