Guest RHEL5

This isn't officially supported yet, so you will have to compile the vmware-tools yourself. It's not too hard, if you know exactly which packages to install. The package manager isn't useful until you configure the [create Best Practices/Systems/Linux/RedHat Package Manage] updater. I don't know why they do this.

Compile VMTools

Here is a close approximation

yum -y install gcc gcc-c++ kernel-devel

VM Client Console -> VM -> Install VMWare Tools

From the newly mounted CDROM, run the VMwareTools...rpm (the shared file system module may error)

If you have trouble with the kernel files, don't forget to reboot if you've just updated. Otherwise see the below notes section


yum -y install gcc gcc-c++ kernel-devel

wget >>

tar zxvf vmware-any-any-update101.tar.gz

cd vmware-any-any-update101

Change Screen resolution

You'll want to run system-config-display and change the resolutions associated with the monitor so you can then change your desktop resolution.

[root@localhost]# system-config-display

Hardware Tab -> Monitor Type..Configure -> Generic CRT Display -> (drop down box) -> Monitor 1024 x 768

Settings Tab...Resolution -> 1024x768

Configure the VMware Toolbox

  • Select Time synchronization
  • Adjust system time in top right corner anyway

Shutdown unused services

  • acpid
  • apmd
  • auditd
  • avahi
  • bluetooth
  • cpuspeed
  • cups
  • firstboot
  • gpm
  • hidd
  • hplip
  • isdn
  • kudzu
  • pcscd
  • smartd
  • etc
  • etc


Kernel Headers

These two commands need to indicate the same kernel and source.

uname -r # running kernel rpm -q kernel-devel # installed kernel headers

Installation step by steps