How to run VMware Tools?

PBX Firmware:6.12.65-27
I installed the VMware Tools, but it will not start:

Creating a new initrd boot image for the kernel.
initctl: Job failed to start
Unable to start services for VMware Tools

Execution aborted.


Not sure what’s happening with your system - not much information, but, we have several FreePBX boxes hosted on VMWare and I install VMware tools on all. Spinning up a new test server this morning with 6.12.65-27 and had no issues installing and running VMtools. I tested several ways to instal the tools - direct download, different versions of “not fully supported” tools, etc. Finally settled on a slightly cumbersome way that’s not 100% automated (you have to manually "load’ the tools CD within the vSphere client). I wrote this small script that you run from the console and it walks through the installation-

#load the VMtools CD from vSphere client

# init pause function
function pause(){
    read -p "$*"

# instructions
echo " "
echo " "
echo "To begin the install:"
echo " "
echo "Connect to the VMware vSphere client, open the console to this"
echo "server and click VM -> Guest -> Install/Upgrade VMware Tools"
echo "Press ENTER once this is done - this will begin the installation" 
echo " "
pause 'Press [Enter] key to continue...'

#mount CD, Copy tarball
mkdir /mnt/cdrom
mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom
cp /mnt/cdrom/VMwareTools* /tmp/

#extract and install
cd /tmp
tar -zxvf VMwareTools*
cd vmware-tools-distrib



I get my error after