VMware Tools are binaries that are guest OS dependent and need to be installed on the VM after the guest OS has been installed. The tools are required to see the IP addresses assigned for the network interfaces of the VM (among other things).
Following are the steps:
- Power on the VM.
- Once the guest OS has booted up, go to the VM > Guest > Install/Upgrade VMware Tools menu.
- This will put the VMware Tools directory under /media directory in Ubuntu.
- cd /media/VMware Tools
- cp /media/VMware Tools/VMware*tar.gz /tmp
- cd /tmp
- tar xvzf VMware*.tar.gz
- cd vmware-tools-distrib/
- sudo ./vmware-install.pl
- When the installation scripts promps for answers, just hit Enter since defaults are OK.
The above is based on: http://www.ubuntugeek.com/how-to-install-vmware-tools-in-ubuntu-10-04-lucid-lynx.html