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The vmaretools iso image must be made available to the guest system as cdrom.

apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r)


mount /dev/sr0 /mnt
cp /mnt/VMwareTools-9.0.0-782409.tar.gz /tmp/
umount /dev/sr0
cd /tmp/
tar xzf VMwareTools-9.0.0-782409.tar.gz
vmware-tools-distrib/vmware-install.pl 

If you run into problems where vmware-config-tools.pl can not find the linux headers see http://askubuntu.com/questions/131351/how-to-install-vmware-tools )

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