Installing VMware Tools on an isolated ‘Minimal’ CentOS VM

I just came across the situation where I was deploying a new CentOS VM based on the “minimal” installation ISO. Trying to install VMware Tools based on this distribution is somewhat different from installing it based on the default ISO when you dont have an active internet connection. I’ll explain in this post what the necessary steps are.

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VMware Virtual Machine Hardware features

This post is mostly for my own information, but could be useful to other people while searching for the Virtual Machine Hardware features available within each release, starting with version 4 (ESX/ESXi 3.5) and ending with version 9 (ESXi 5.1).

I got this information off the VMware website (vSphere 5.1 documentation) and in my opinion the following features are the most important ones:

Version 4 (ESX/ESXi 3.5 and later)
64 GB RAM limit
4 Logical processors
4 Virtual NICs
128MB video memory

Version 7 (ESX/ESXi 4.x and later)
255 GB RAM limit
8 Logical processors
LSI Logic SAS and Paravirtual adapters
Virtual IDE disks
10 Virtual NICs
VMXNET3 NICs
128MB video memory
More guest operating systems supported

Version 8 (ESXi 5.0 and later)
1 TB RAM limit
32 Logical processors
LSI Logic SAS and Paravirtual adapters
Virtual IDE disks
10 Virtual NICs
VMXNET3 NICs
128MB video memory
SVGA 3D hardware acceleration
More guest operating systems supported

Version 9 (ESXi 5.1 and later)
1 TB RAM limit
64 Logical processors
LSI Logic SAS and Paravirtual adapters
Virtual IDE disks
10 Virtual NICs
VMXNET3 NICs
Nested hypervisor support
512MB video memory
SVGA 3D hardware acceleration
More guest operating systems supported