Every time Parallels Tools needs to be updated for my Ubuntu virtual machines, I have to remember exactly how to do it, which usually involves a few clumsy Google searches.
So, for the sake of posterity, and to help anyone else in the same situation, here’s how I upgrade Parallels Tools on Ubuntu:
- Open your Ubuntu virtual machine in Parallels.
- In the Parallels menu, click on Virtual Machine/Reinstall Parallels Tools. You should see a disc image (looks like a CD) appear on your Ubuntu desktop.
- Open a Terminal and navigate to this (virtual) CD by typing:
cd /media/Parallels\ Toolsor
cd /media/"Parallels Tools"and hit enter.
- In your terminal window, type
sudo sh install– Parallels will open the Parallels Tools Installer, which will guide you through the setup.
- Click Next
- Select Upgrade and click Next
- Parallels will warn that you’re about to install and that it’s probably a good idea to save data and close open applications. After you’ve done so, click Next.
- Hold on while Parallels works its magic and, when it’s done, it’ll thoughtfully congratulate you and ask you to reboot.
- Restart Ubuntu and you’re done!