ClearOS 5.2 on ESXi5 - install VMWare Tools

With reference to Clear Foundation forum, I am managed to install VMWare tools, which gives extra information such as RAM usage back to ESXi.

Moreover, VMware Tools save the CPU usage.  Before the installation, the ClearOS VM consume about 400 MHz of my ESXi host on a no load condition.  After VMware tools installation, the CPU load is just about 70 Mhz for similar condition.

For those who have been left wondering - here is instructions for installing VMWare Tools.
*Stolen From: VMWare Communities


yum upgrade
yum install gcc kernel-devel
uname -r
rpm -q kernel-devel
(make sure the versions of the above two match exactly)

4: Now, using the vSphere Client, do the "Guest -> Install Vmware tools" fun stuff...
5: Returning back to the SSH / vSphere console session:

mkdir /mnt/cdrom
mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom/
cd /mnt/cdrom/
cp -rp VM*.tar.gz /tmp
cd /tmp
tar -zxvf VMwareTools-xxxxxxxx(your.ver).tar.gz,

There is a bug with VMXNET module under CentOS - patch is as follows:

cd /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib/lib/modules/source/
mkdir 1
cp vmxnet.tar 1
cd 1
tar -xvf vmxnet.tar
nano -w vmxnet-only/compat_netdevice.h

Note: The original message has information about editing VMXNET driver.  There is no need for the editing and I am managed to use VMXNET3 NIC on my ClearOS VM.

and complete the install of vmware tools

cd /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib/
./ --default

And that will build the tools - with all the default choices...


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