For those of you like myself that have a laptop with newer hardware that FreeBSD does not recognize, VMWare may be a good solution for you. FreeBSD 6.2 works very will under VMWare workstation 6 as the guest operating system. One this that doesn’t get installed by default are the vmware tools.
This article describes how I have installed the vmware tools (v 6.0) under FreeBSD 6.2
Check to see if your system has perl installed. Most FreeBSD installs do as this is the default.
# perl -v
If perl is not installed, then install the package.
# pkg_add -r perl
Installing the Tools
Make sure you have FreeBSD installed and working as a guest first.
From the VMware workstation menu go to VM -> Install VMware Tools
From the FreeBSD guest OS mount the virtual CDROM
# mount /cdrom
Extract the VMware tools to /tmp
# tar -C /tmp -zxvf /cdrom/vmware-freebsd-tools.tar.gz
Unmount the virtual CDROM drive
# umount /cdrom
Now run the VMware tool installer
# cd /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib # ./vmware-install.pl
When asked “Do you want to run vmware-config-tools.pl?” , answer “Yes”.
The VMware tools are now installed.