Windows Server 8 Core Beta - Installing VMware Tools

Here’s a quick post on installing VMware Tools inside Windows Server 8 Core Beta (Note the Tools version this was tested against is the version that is available via ESXi 5 Build 515841):

  1. Mount the VMware Tools installer for the VM and switch to the CD-Rom drive. (Note: the screenshots below show a session where I was already running PowerShell, not cmd.exe)

  1. Run setup.

  1. Work through the wizard, selecting the appropriate options:

  1. Alternatively, you could use some of the command line options for installing VMware Tools, e.g. the below will perform a quiet install and reboot automatically:

setup64.exe /s /v/qn

  1. Here’s confirmation of the successful install: