Recently I had the pleasure of building n ESXi Hypervisor 5 server. Server sprawl has taken over and the time has come to consolidate. The first VM’s to create are my web and database servers. After the build I was needing to install VMtools to get the full functionality on my CentOS / SL / RHEL 6 servers.
There are several ways to do this but a way to add a repo and have it install updates when I update the servers is a better way, so that lead me to OSP (Operating System Specific Packages).
Checking the internet I found Operating System Specific Packages pdf that describes the process here.
The process I used here is for CentOS 6.2 / RHEL 6.2 and SL (Scientific Linux) 6.2. First I downloaded and imported the RSA and DSA certificates.
# wget http://packages.vmware.com/tools/keys/VMWARE-PACKAGING-GPG-DSA-KEY.pub # wget http://packages.vmware.com/tools/keys/VMWARE-PACKAGING-GPG-RSA-KEY.pub
# rpm --import VMWARE-PACKAGING-GPG-RSA-KEY.pub # rpm --import VMWARE-PACKAGING-GPG-DSA-KEY.pub
Now lets create the repo file. Name it vmwaretools.repo in /etc/yum.repos.d directory with the following contents.
[vmware-tools] name=VMware Tools baseurl=http://packages.vmware.com/tools/esx/5.0/rhel6/x86_64 enabled=1 gpgcheck=1
Save the file and type:
# yum update
And let the repository populate the information you need. Now we need to install the correct tools. Since I am using ESXi Hypervisor 5 I am limited to 1 CPU so I really don’t need to look and see if I have PAE enabled kernels. If I did, we would need to check using uname -r and look for the PAE designation in the kernel release.
# yum install vmware-tools-esx-kmods vmware-tools-esx
Once the tools have been downloaded and installed all that is needed is a reboot.