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.

SCVMM: What happened to VM additions?

by Shijaz Abdulla on 08.11.2007 at 10:08

If you’ve installed Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) , you will find that there is no option on the SCVMM console to install VM Additions on the virtual machines.

If you have installed your Virtual Server host directly from the SCVMM console, you will find that the host does not have the web-based Virtual Server 2005 site where you can install the additions.

In this scenario, you can locate and install the VM additions as follows:

  1. On the SCVMM machine, navigate to C:Program FilesMicrosoft Virtual ServerVirtual Machine Additions. You will find all the ISO images for VM additions here!
  2. Create a folder named ISO under \localhostMSSCVMMLibrary and copy the ISOs there.
  3. Now you can just pop in these ISO images into your virtual CD/DVD drive on any of your hosts! Simply open the Properties for the VM, open the Hardware Config tab, select Virtual DVD drive, and choose Known Image File. You can then select the ISOs.

Note: Sometimes you need to refresh the library folder in the SCVMM console before new items start appearing. Choose Library, right click the folder and choose Refresh share.