Installing BackTrack 4 as a VMware Guest

As we havn’t released a VMware image yet, and vmware-tools does not play nice with our 2.6.29.4 kernel, i thought i’de post a short how-to on getting VMware tools installed in BT4 as a VMware guest. I used VMware Workstation 6.5.2 to test this.

The BackTrack kernel sources are already in place, so all that’s left  to do is install BackTrack in VMware and start the VMware tools install. BackTrack uses up around 5 GB once installed, so plan accordingly.

mkdir /mnt/cdrom
mount /dev/cdrom3 /mnt/cdrom
cp -rf /mnt/cdrom/VMwareTools-7.8.5-156735.tar.gz /tmp/
cd /tmp/
tar zxpf VMwareTools-7.8.5-156735.tar.gz
wget www.offensive-security.com/tools/vmware-tools-patch-backtrack4-7.8.5-2_6_29.tar
tar zxpf vmware-tools-patch-backtrack4-7.8.5-2_6_29.tar
./vmwaretools.sh

Once this is done, run the vmware-install script as instructed, and you should be home free!