This guide assumes you already have successfully installed a CentOS virtual machine within VMware Fusion.
Launch your desired Virtual Machine and from the menu bar within VMware Fusion, select
Install VMware Tools
. This will load an iso and simulate a cd-rom has been inserted.
VMware Tools requires Perl as a dependancy, we need to resolve it before we can begin with the installation.
yum install perl
We need to mount the cd-rom within the guest virtual machine before we are able to access its content. We do this by
Creating a new folder to mount the cd-rom in.
Then we mount the cd-rom into the folder we just created. The fact that it is read-only is fine.
mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom
Now we need to access the disk and extract the tools somewhere.
cp /mnt/cdrom/VMwareTools-XXX.tar.gz /tmp
Change our working directory to tmp (shorter commands make life a little easier).
The extracted files are compressed, we need to uncompress them.
gunzip VMWare-Tools-XXX.tar.gz tar xvf VMWare-Tools-XXX.tar
Change working directory again into the newly decompressed folder.
Finally, lets begin the VMware Tools installation.. just follow the onscreen instructions (I usually just leave everything as default).
See, easy peasy!