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:
- In the VMware vSphere Client, click VM -> Guest -> Install/Upgrade VMware Tools
- Then either switch to the CD drive in the command prompt and run setup or type:
msiexec.exe /i “D:\VMware Tools.msi” /qn