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Installing VMware Tools from the Linux CLI

This posting outlines the steps required to install VMware Tools in a Linux environment. Specifically, it lists the commands that should be issued at the command line to mount the VMware Tools CD-ROM image, unpack, and then install the VMware Tools tarball.

While these steps should work in almost any Linux environment, I created them using the Linux Mint OS. Mint is a fork of the Ubuntu project. Ubuntu has its roots in Debian. Check out the Linux Mint OS if you are looking for a friendly Linux GUI.

The only caveat that should be observed is that some Linux distributions […]

(How to launch a *.msi file) wine: Bad EXE format for *.msi

I’m running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. After installing Wine-1.2.2 (type wine –version to check) via sudo apt-get install wine within a CLI terminal, I tried to install a *.msi file via the following syntax:

~$ wine install.msi

Unfortunately, this produced the following error message to be displayed:

~$ wine: Bad EXE format for Z:homeziffstarinstall.msi

The solution, to install *.msi files in Wine, is to use the msiexec program. The appropriate syntax to launch a *.msi file is as follows:

~$ wine msiexec /i install.msi
~$ wine start install.msi


GUI RHEL6 install VMware Workstation || Player

You’ll sit at this terribly informative screen until you hit the ‘Next’ button, which is not displayed.
I was installing a copy of RHEL6 on VMware Workstation yesterday, and found a little snafu that made proceeding a bit of a chore (and I suspect VMware Player has the same issue).

The problem is that before VMware Tools are installed (i.e. during the OS installation), the screen resolution displayed within the VMware window (even within full screen mode) can prevent the GUI from displaying the “Next”, “Forward”, and “Back” option buttons. If this was your first RHEL6 installation, you might think the […]