How To Install VMware Tools On Windows Server 2008 R2 / 2012 Core

When you try to install VMware Tools from the VMware vSphere Client (VM -> Guest -> Install/Upgrade VMware Tools), nothing happens. This is because clicking Install/Upgrade VMware Tools simply mounts the installer to a CD drive in the VM and by default, autorun is turned off on Windows Server 2008 R2 and 2012 Core for security reasons.

To install VMware Tools on a Windows Server 2008 R2 or 2012 Core installation:

  1. In the VMware vSphere Client, click VM -> Guest -> Install/Upgrade VMware Tools
  2. Then either switch to the CD drive in the command prompt and run setup or type:

    msiexec.exe /i “D:\VMware Tools.msi” /qn

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