February 27, 2010

How to install VMWare Tools on PC-BSD 8?

Filed under: FreeBSD — J. Abram barneck @ 9:19 pm

Ok, so I wanted to see if there was much of a difference between installing VMWare-tools on FreeBSD 8 with Xorg and KDE as on PC-BSD 8. It was my guess that the steps would be next to exactly the same, but maybe there is something different.

See my previous article on this:
How to install VMWare-tools on FreeBSD 8?

Details: I am running VMWare Workstation 6.5 on Windows 7.

In VMWare, I clicked VM | Install VMWare tools.

The virtual media automounted in KDE.

I copied the vmware-freebsd-tools.tar.gz to the desktop.

I opened a shell, and su’ed to root.

The package for compat6x-amd64 was already installed.

I ran these commands to extract the vmware-freebsd-tools.tar.gz file.

cp /home/jared/Desktop/vmware-freebsd-tools.tar.gz /tmp
cd /tmp
tar -xzf vmware-freebsd-tools.tar.gz
cd vmware-tools-distrib

I ran the vmware tools installer.


I accepted all the defaults and there were no problems.

So I decided to do the Autostart a different way…and it worked too.

I right-clicked on the icon in the bottom left (normally is the K icon but instead it is the PC-BSD flame) and I choose Menu Editor.

I clicked New Submenu, named it VMWare and hit OK.
I selected the newly created Submenu.
I clicked New Item.
I added an item for /usr/local/bin/vmware-user.
I added an item for /usr/local/bin/vmware-user-wrapper.
I added an item for /usr/local/bin/vmware-toolbox (and under Advanced, I changed this to run as root)
I saved and exited.
I went to System Settings.
I clicked the Advanced tab.
I double-clicked Autostart.
I clicked Add program.
I added the vmware-user-wrapper item that I just added to the Menu.
I rebooted.

Mouse auto-grab, Copy and paste, auto-fit guest, all appear to work well.

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  1. Thank you for writing this detailed guide. I was having problems installing Vmware Tools on PC-BSD and your guide really helped.

    Comment by J. L. — March 22, 2010 @ 7:57 pm | Reply

  2. I’d rather suggest to install the Open Virtual Machine Tools on FreeBSD/PCBSD. They’ve proven to be stable and are in the ports: http://www.freshports.org/emulators/open-vm-tools/

    Comment by Frank — April 21, 2010 @ 7:40 am | Reply

    • I will have to find time to try them and write a post on it. So far I only have one issue with the VMWare licensed version:

      When RDPed into the Host, while moving my mouse in PC-BSD, the paste action occurs at random.

      Comment by rhyous — April 21, 2010 @ 8:09 am | Reply

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