Installing VMware Tools on Ubuntu Server via CLI

Per usual this is more for my own reference because I’m forgetful, but it might help someone out if they happen to miss the very detailed instructions found here on VMware’s KB site.  For this I think I’ll do a numbered list of steps to make things simple:

1.) Mount VMware Tools installer in vSphere/vCenter by selecting the Install VMware Tools option

2.) SSH into your Linux VM and sudo up, or if you prefer put sudo in front of all your commands…I’m lazy

3.) Create a directory to use as a mount point

4.) Mount the CDROM to your newly created mount point

5.) Copy the zipped files to a temporary directory

6.) Move into your temp directory and extract the files

7.) Move into the vmware-tools-distrib directory and run the PERL install script

At this point you’ll be asked a whole bunch of questions to customize the install.  Select whatever works for your environment, though the defaults will work fine for most.  It’ll go through installing and you’re done!

VMware ‘VssSyncStart’ operation failed: IDispatch error #8462 (0x8004230e)

At work I am currently doing a trial run with Barracuda’s Backup Appliance.  I got it racked and configured (with quite a bit of annoyance since you have to call their support to bond NICs) and kicked off the initial full backup and received the following “Unable to quiesce disk” errors.

Since I was already working with Barracuda’s engineer on the LACP and some upload throttles, I asked his opinion on the matter.  Long story short he pretty much told me to investigate VMware and I’ll probably find the issue, and that I did.  When I tried to manually take a snapshot selecting the “Quiesce guest file system (Needs VMware Tools installed)” I received the following error:

The guest OS has reported an error during quiescing. The error code was: 5 The error message was: ‘VssSyncStart’ operation failed: IDispatch error #8462 (0x8004230e) 

Digging through the VMware forums I found that my issue was with the Volume Shadow Copy Services Support part of VMware Tools.  I uninstalled VMware Tools and re-installed, but instead of selecting a complete installation I selected Custom and did not install the Volume Shadow Copy Services Support.

Once that completed installing and I restarted the effected machines, the issue was resolved!