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Oracle Linux & VMWare Tools

Thanks to Michael McLaughlin for this story

Wow, I’ve been busy since OOW2011. This is the first post since I left for San Francisco. My Android phone got blown out by a forced upgrade and would only charge when actively connected across the USB to the computer. At the conference, my laptop was sidelined as a charger.

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Anyway, I’m back working on virtual environments again. I found a couple slight variation installing VMWare Tools on Oracle Unbreakable Linux. Here are the post installation steps that I encountered, and the IP addresses are based on how VMWare configured DHCP, which is qualified in this older post.

  1. Navigate to the VMWare Menu, choose Virtual Machine and in the drop down menu Install VMWare Tools. This will mount a virtual CD in the Oracle Unbreakable Linux virtual machine and it launches the following dialog box:

  1. Open a terminal session by right clicking anywhere in the desktop, and then choose Open in Terminal from the context menu. You can then run the VMWare Toolkit by following these instructions:
cd /media/VMware\ Tools
cp VMwareTools-8.4.7-416484.tar.gz /tmp
cd /tmp
gunzip VMwareTools-8.4.7-416484.tar.gz
tar -xvf VMwareTools-8.4.7-416484.tar
cd vmware-tools-distrib
sudo ./

The last step requires that you reply to a set of prompts. If you’d like to accept the default at one time, you can use the following command:

sudo ./ --default

You should most likely encounter an error like the following, which it appears you can ignore. If I find anything to the contrary, the post will be updated with findings.

(EE) Failed to load module "vmwgfx" (module does not exist, 0)
(EE) vmware: Please ignore the above warnings about not being able to load module/driver vmwgfx
(EE) open /dev/fb0: No such device
  1. In the terminal session you should configure three files to make sure your networking works. I found that the dialogs failed to set one key element, so it’s simply easier to do this manually. Rather than using sudo, you should open a root shell by doing:
su - root

Enter your user’s password:


You should use vi to edit and save the resolv.conf file with appropriate domain, search, and nameserver values. The values below work for VMWare when the gateway IP address is

# Generated by NetworkManager
domain localdomain
search localdomain

Using vi, edit the /etc/sysconfig/network file to include an appropriate gateway IP address, like so:


The last file to fix is /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0 file. This is the file that isn’t completely configured by the GUI component (it fails set the ONBOOT value to yes).


You reset networking with the following command:

/etc/rc.d/init.d/network restart

As always, I hope this helps a few folks.

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