Getting vmware tools for player - strhink windows image
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I needed to shrink my windows image file, which had grown from a true windows size of 2.5 to about 12.5 gigabytes on disk. This takes a long time to backup, and is just empty data.

This vmware thread:
reminded me to install the shrink feature using vmware tools from vmware workstation .bundle file, which requires the following setup procedure.

I got these basic steps from:

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1. First, I installed the VMware Player 2.5 "bundle" for Linux.

$ sudo sh VMware-Player-2.5.0-118166.i386.bundle

Installation of VMware Player 2.5 provides /usr/lib/vmware/installer/vmware-installer which will be used to extract the contents of the VMware Workstation 6.5 bundle.

2. Download the latest version of VMware Workstation in "bundle" format from You need to be registered with VMware (it's free) but do not need a VMware Workstation license key to download it.

3. Extract the VMware Workstation bundle to a temporary directory. Note that the extracted contents are approximately 580M.

$ sudo /usr/lib/vmware/installer/vmware-installer --install-bundle VMware-Workstation-6.5.0-118166.i386.bundle --extract /tmp/vmware

4. All of the VMware Tools ISOs are located in vmware-workstation/lib/isoimages/ within the temporary directory. In this example, I want to install VMware Tools for Windows guests, windows.iso.

$ ( cd /tmp/vmware/vmware-workstation/lib/isoimages/ ; ls -1 *.iso )

Then, do these to run the tools installer
5. In Devices, in vmplayer top controls, select: CD/DVD, then select: Connect to disk image file (iso), and navigate to the tools iso location and pick it.

This should autostart the vmware tools installer, just install everything you need.

I didn't get a menu item added automatically in Windows 2000, so I made one manually, pointing to c:\program files\vmware\VMControlPanel.cpl which is the control panel, that lets you do things like shrink your vmware player image.

6. In your guest system, run setup.exe from the VMware Tools directory.[/quote]

You can get the bundle packages here:
requires a vmware account, but that's worth getting anyway. I'd put in a direct link to the bundle file, but I think it's best to use the latest ones, which will change now and then.
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