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VMware Customization Errors With Linux Guest Operating Systems

Recently, I ran in to an issue regarding customization scripts with Redhat and Ubuntu. Using the guest customization feature for a Linux guest, I noticed that after the virtual machine booted, none of the customizations like IP, hostname, etc. were applied.

After digging around in the VMware tools logs directory, I noticed the following error in /var/log/vmware-imc/toolsDeployPkg.log:

Failed to load /usr/lib/ /usr/lib/ cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory.

It appears that the library is not placed or symlink'd in /usr/lib, it actually resides in /usr/lib/vmware-tools/lib32/

Simply creating a symlink fixes the problem:

ln -s /usr/lib/vmware-tools/lib32/ /usr/lib/

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