To install VMware tools on server core, do as you usually do:

  • In the vmware consol, in the menu under VM choose Guest –> Install/Upgrade VMware Tools

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After you’ve done that, probably nothing happens…

  • In the command prompt, change to the CD-ROM drive.
    Type dir and you should see the VMware tools install files.
    Type setup.exe to start the installation.

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Continue as usually and restart the guest when done.

(How? Type shutdown /r /f /t 1 /c “installed vmware tools”)