Install VMware tools for Nexenta on ESXi

I installed NexentaStor Community 3.1.2 on my VMware ESXi 5.0 and wanted to get the VMware tools running ; mostly because I know there are tools for Solaris and it may improve the Administrator Experience.

The virtual machine is configured as “Oracle Solaris 11 (64-bit)” Guest OS. It has 2 vCPU and 4GB of RAM. There are also two Mapped Raw LUN attached to it. The VMware Tools installation is nearly straight forward.

When Nexenta is installed and initially configured, open the console and log in as “admin“. Then issue and “su” to drop to the root environment.

In the vSphere client, from the Guest section, choose the “Install/Upgrade VMware Tools” option.

Now, from the console, untar the archive and run the install script:

# cd /tmp # tar xzf /media/VMware\ Tools/vmware-solaris-tools.tar.gz # cd vmware-tools-distrib # vi bin/

Find the SUNWuiu8 package code section and comment it. Then save the modifications and install the tools.

# ./

Use the default answers from the script wizard. When the installation is finished, select the “End VMware Tools Install” option and reboot the virtual machine to ensure everything boots well.

Quite simple!


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Author: Joel Carnat

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