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In the course of running my home lab on the latest VMware hypervisor (ESXi 5.1.0 799733), I thought it prudent to evaluate the install and function of the VMware Tools package for a CentOS 6.3 guest. Here’s how I got her done:

  1. Add the VMware GPG keys (optional, but a good idea):
    rpm --import http://packages.vmware.com/tools/keys/VMWARE-PACKAGING-GPG-DSA-KEY.pub
    rpm --import http://packages.vmware.com/tools/keys/VMWARE-PACKAGING-GPG-RSA-KEY.pub
  2. Create the vmware-tools.repo in /etc/yum.repos.d/ with the following contents:
    [vmware-tools]
    name=VMware Tools
    baseurl=http://packages.vmware.com/tools/esx/5.1latest/rhel6/$basearch
    enabled=1
    gpgcheck=1
  3. Install the VMware tools core package with dependencies:
    yum install vmware-tools-core

From now on, any time the WMware tools for ESXi 5.1 are updated, you can update them via the usual yum update method. ┬áBear in mind that if you upgrade your ESXi install, you’ll need to manually update the baseurl variable in /etc/yum.repos.d/vmware-tools.repo.

*Note: there are additional packages available should you require more than the core functionality of VMware tools – you can view them by browsing the packages at http://packages.vmware.com/tools/esx/5.1latest/rhel6/ or by running yum search vmware.

One Response to “Install VMware Tools on CentOS 6.3 Guest via Yum”

  1. Hector says:

    Hey thanks for the guide. I almost missed the note about having to install more packages for more functionality. Seems to work great!