I ran into this error the other night and wanted to make a quick post on it while installing VMware tools into Backtrack Linux.
Unable to create symlink “/etc/cups/ppd/VMware_Virtual_Printer.ppd” pointing to file “/usr/lib/vmware-tools/configurator/thinprint.ppd”.
There’s a really quick solution to this. Backtrack (5 R2) has cups installed by default so that’s not the problem, but for some reason the tools can’t create the ppd directory. Create the ppd directory in /etc/cups manually and you should be good-to-go. This occurred with VMware tools 8.8 and the KDE 64-bit build of Backtrack.
Good luck and hope this helps someone get a quick fix.