If you are ever tasked with updating the VMware tools in a linux guest from the command line, it is best to execute the installer from the console.  If you update the tools from a remote connection via ssh, the install will fail because the installer restarts the network service (unless you run the installer in the background by appending “&” to the end of the command).

After my mistake became clear, I opened vcenter and ran the installer from the console, hoping it would pick up where it stopped.  Some of the VMware tools files were still lingering in the system and installer displayed and error which stated it could not find vmware-uninstall.pl.

So here is the easy fix… simply remove the /etc/vmware-tools directory (or /etc/vmware) and re-run install-install.pl.  Just make sure to do it from the console. :)

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