If you need to install the vmware tools for CentOS 6.x as a repo then:

rpm –import http://packages.vmware.com/tools/keys/VMWARE-PACKAGING-GPG-RSA-KEY.pub
vi /etc/yum.repos.d/VMWare-Tools.repo

insert

[vmware-tools]
name=VMware Tools
baseurl=http://packages.vmware.com/tools/esx/latest/rhel6/x86_64
#baseurl=http://packages.vmware.com/tools/esx/4.1latest/rhel6/i686
enabled=1
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=http://packages.vmware.com/tools/keys/VMWARE-PACKAGING-GPG-RSA-KEY.pub

This will point to the latest release for Centos 6.X_X64 then:

To select a specific version of ESX you can browse the path to select different directories.

yum -y install vmware-tools-services vmware-tools-esx-nox vmware-tools-pvscsi-common vmware-tools-plugins-autoUpgrade vmware-tools-plugins-guestInfo vmware-tools-plugins-powerOps vmware-tools-plugins-timeSync

Now this might be a quick and dirty solution to get the latest tools from the repo.

However, ESX doesn’t like it and will show them as

 (?) Running (3rd-party/Independent)"

which means it won’t auto-update the tools.

it might be better to mount the vmware tools from the ESX Server and after unpacking them to run

vmware-install.pl -d

to install unattended with the defaults.

 

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