Installing VMWare tools on FreeBSD 10.1

  FreeBSD, VMWare

Here are my instructions for ESXI5.5 and VM Version vmx-10

I tried instructions on but it choked on line 9 with an error. I assume this was instructions for 10.0 only. When manually trying to install them it failed because it could not find perl. I basically changed every reference to perl and then it worked.

Right click the VM and guest, install vmware tools to mount the iso. If you are using web client, right click the VM, All vCenter Actions, Guest OS, Install vmware tools.

On the machine, mount the iso –

mount -t cd9660 /dev/cd0 /mnt

cd /tmp

tar xzf /mnt/vmware-freebsd-tools.tar.gz or if you want to see it –

tar vxzf /mnt/vmware-freebsd-tools.tar.gz

cd vmware-tools-distrib

grep -r “/usr/bin/perl” *

Change all references from /usr/bin/perl –> /usr/local/bin/perl

vi /usr/local/bin/ (again change to /usr/local/bin/perl)

Now you can run the script –


You should not get an error (hopefully!!).

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