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 […]
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How To Enable Remote Administration On Windows Server 2012 Core

After installing¬†Windows Server 2012 Core, the easiest way to setup the server is to remotely administer Server Core using the System Manager tool. However, by default this is blocked by the Windows Firewall, so you have to enable remote administration on Server Core before you can administer it. To enable remote administration on Windows Server […]
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Windows Server 2012 GUI To Core

If you didn’t install Windows Server 2012 in Core mode, how do you turn a Server 2012 GUI install into a Core mode install? To convert Windows Server 2012 from GUI to Core, simply uninstall the WoW64 or User Interfaces and Infrastructure¬†feature from the Server Manager. Note that this also removes Windows PowerShell ISE (because […]
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