Something is not clear to me.
You say you are testing opensuse inside VMWare 1.0.9. I suppose that is the Server version of VMWare.
But to install VMWare tools you need to activate this option in one of the VMWare menu’s and than a virtual disk will be mounten from where you can install the shell script as root.
But you mention vmware-config.pl
That is the configuration script to configure the VMWare software which is running under linux, but in this case you are already running VMWare with Linux inside it. So are you running this VMWare on another Linux distro ?
It’s really not clear and to me it seems that you are mixing two things.