I have a couple of lab type vSphere setups that use Openfiler virtual machines for shared storage. For several months these have been running with out of date VMware tools. Several weeks ago I was able to upgrade these tools and wanted to share the required steps.
The first required task was to install a C Compiler — specifically gcc. While at it I updated all other components and shutdown the virtual machine:
conary updateall conary update gcc shutdown -h now
After the machine was powered down I added a virtual CD-ROM drive. This drive will be used to mount the VM tools ISO. After adding a CD-ROM drive the virtual machine can be powered back on. Select install/upgrade tools from the menu.
mkdir /mnt/cdrom mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom cp VMwareTools* /mnt tar zxvf /tmp/VMwareTools* cd vmware-tools-distrib ./vmware-install.pl
I accepted the defaults on the vmware-install.pl configuration script.
Special thanks to this communities article for a head start: http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-9332;jsessionid=A7F5565895191AE1D161E4749AF86B12