After converting my Joomla appliance from VirtualBox to VMWare esxi 4.1, I noticed that vmware-tools was reported as "not installed" by my vSphere client. Here is what I've done thus far.
- Installed kernel headers and compiler using apt-get.
- unpacked vmware-tools from the tarball, ran install-vmware-tools.pl and chose the default options. It seemed to complete successfully. vSphere still shows "not installed" after rebooting and the vmware-user process was not running.
- After all that, I learned that Joomla comes with an optimized vmware-tools pre-installed so I removed the version I installed using the uninstall script provided and attempted to install vmware-tools using apt-get. It seemed to install without any problems but still the vmware-user process was not running and vSphere still reported "not installed".
Questions: How can i fix this without deploying a new Joomla appliance and configuring it from scratch? Is there a turnkey repository I can pull an optimized vmware-tools version from using apt-get? Is there any trick to getting a compiled vmware-tools working on the Joompla appliance? Interesting note: Installing from the tarball worked great on my turnkey lamp appliance. Thank you for reading.