Installing VM Additions on Windows Server 2008 Server Core

by Shijaz Abdulla on 24.03.2008 at 14:30

I am preparing a Virtual Server image for my presentation on Windows Server 2008 Server Core at the Microsoft Technology Day to be held on March 30th at Kuwait.

I had to install the Virtual Machine Additions on the guest machine to accelerate the overall performance, and specifically to improve the video and cursor movements.

On Virtual Server 2005 R2, I click on the “Click here to start Virtual Machine Additions setup” link. This mounts the VMAdditions ISO image file to CD-ROM drive on the guest machine. It is important to note that the VM additions does not autorun.

You will have to go to the CD-ROM drive manually at the Command Prompt and execute the D:Windowssetup.exe file where D: is the drive letter of the CD drive on the guest machine.

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3 Responses to Installing VM Additions on Windows Server 2008 Server Core

  1. Shijaz says:

    For some reason, I see that the host key doesn’t work with Windows Server 2008 guest machines. Does it work for you? Comment..

  2. Shijaz says:

    No, it was because I’m running IE 8.0 beta.

  3. Ahmed El-Rayess says:

    Disable the Sound Card on the Server Core VM and try the installation again

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