If you’ve ever had trouble installing VMware tools on certain distributions of Linux, it may be worth a shot looking at VMware Tools Operating Specific Packages, or VMware Tools OSP.

VMware Tools OSPs are VMware Tools software packaged in the native package format and standards for selected supported Operating Systems (Guest Operating Systems). These packages are distributed for example in packages such as rpm and dep.

Currently VMware Tools OSPs are supported for the following Guest Operating Systems:

·         Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5 (RHEL)

·         SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 and 10 (SLES)

·         Ubuntu 8

You can download a user manual for OSP at http://www.vmware.com/pdf/osp_install_guide.pdf
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