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No VMwareTools for Debian 6

Jannarong Poopirom
Occasional Contributor

No VMwareTools for Debian 6

I tried to install Debian 6 (squeeze) in vSphere 4.1 but int the Guest Operating System dialog there's no Debian 6 (64-bit). So, I cannot install VMwareTools in usual way.

Where can I get the VMwareTools or when will
vSphere support this new OS ?

Matt Palmer_2
Respected Contributor

Re: No VMwareTools for Debian 6

Hi, you will need to do some apt-gets in the guest first....

apt-get install make
apt-get install gcc
apt-get install libc-dev

uname -a and find out what your kernel version is then apt-get install the relevant kernel headers as follows...

apt-get install linux-headers-2.6.32-5-686

mount /dev/sr0 /mnt
cp VMwareTools-4.0.0-xxxxx.tar.gz /usr/local/src
cd /usr/local/src
tar zxvf VMwareTools-4.0.0-xxxxx.tar.gz
cd vmware-tools-distrib



Modris Bremze
Esteemed Contributor

Re: No VMwareTools for Debian 6

You should be able to install the tools manually after you install the necessary packages for compilation as the previous post mentioned.
A small optimization could be done for kernel header installation:
apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)