How to install VMware Tools on Debian, Ubuntu and CentOS with Command Line



Today we use virtualization for both development, testing and also production. One of the most popular virtualization solution is VMware. There are many products that we can use for free such as VMware Player or VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi).

If you want Guest OS to be fully working in VMware products, you must install VMware Tools that will give better virtualization support such as you can move mouse better without have to press Ctrl + Alt to get out from Guest OS. Or in Linux Server that don't have GUI, Host OS can read or change some value from Guest OS such as IP Address.

Install VMware Tools on Windows OS will be very easy as install normal software. But this article will help you to install VMware Tools on Linux Server that have only CLI for you. In principle you must have compiler and linux headers so you can go smooth with installing VMware Tools.

How to install CentOS 6 minimal



We all know Red Hat that is one of the most popular commercial Linux. But if you can find RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) ISO, you can use it without any cost except you can't install or update any software from Red Hat Repository because you don't have Red Hat Subscription

We known Red Hat was develop based on Linux and license of Linux is GNU GPL. One rule of GPL force you to open your modified source code to the public. Red Hat did as rule say but they didn't tell how to compile them.

CentOS (Community ENTerprise Operating System) is Linux Distro that got code from Red Hat and find the way to compile it. So the different between CentOS and Red Hat are just only brand and some Red Hat proprietary software. Also the version will be the same too. (RHEL 6 vs. CentOS 6)

This article will focus on installation CentOS 6 64-bit with minimal software as possible. This will suitable with who want to use CentOS as a stable server. You can download minimal ISO from [here](http://mirror1.ku.ac.th/centos/6/isos/x86_64/CentOS-6.0-x86_64-minimal.iso

My opinion: Choosing Distro for Linux Server



As you can see in my resume. I has been playing many linux distro for long time including FreeBSD Unix. So I want to share my opinion about choosing Linux Distro for server role.

  • If I want the most stable server but not install on virtualization system, I choose FreeBSD (that very difficult to install and config)
  • If I want normal stable server with ease to install software including I want to create the test server and can be install on virtualization system, I choose Debian
  • If I want to play new toys and I can accept nearly stable server, frequent restart, I choose Ubuntu
  • I never use CentOS and Redhat expect the software that I want to install required Redhat based OS such as cPanel

The reason that I always choose Debian based distro because I love APT more than YUM :)

PS. For the linux desktop I choose Ubuntu because I used it for long time and I getting into it.

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