To install VMWare tools using YUM on CentOS/RHEL 6.5, do the following.

Note, I’m logged in as the ‘root’ user, but you could execute these commands using ‘sudo’ as well.

Step 1: Download and import GPG keys

[root@techedemic /var/tmp]# wget http://packages.vmware.com/tools/keys/VMWARE-PACKAGING-GPG-RSA-KEY.pub
[root@techedemic /var/tmp]# rpm --import VMWARE-PACKAGING-GPG-RSA-KEY.pub

Step 2: Add VMWare repository

# Create/Modify  /etc/yum.repos.d/vmware-tools.repo, I use 'vim' as an editor
[root@techedemic /var/tmp]# vim /etc/yum.repos.d/vmware-tools.repo

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Sometimes you might have to activate some interfaces in your Ubuntu Server (or desktop for that matter) that you could use for your VMWare server, or to do a tcpdump for some promiscious traffic coming from a mirrored port…or hell’s bells, whatever…you just need it active without any IP assigned – and you need it to be up even if the box restarts.

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So, you’ve built a nice little VMWare/ESX/vSphere machine (Linux specifically) and you copy it to another drive. The first time you start it up, VMWare asks you whether you ‘Moved’ or ‘Copied’ it. Being the honest guy that you are, you obviously say ‘I Copied It’. Bobs your uncle, your machine boots up and everything is fine. Uh, not quite ….
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