After installing Windows Server 2012 R2 Server Core as a guest in my VMware Lab I wanted install the VMware software tools that enhances the performance of the guest operating system and improves management of the virtual machine.

To do this I logged into the console via the vCenter Client were I could access the server core console

From the vCenter Console to the following:

  • Go to VM->Guest->Install/Upgrade VMware Tools
  • Change to the D: drive at the command prompt
  • Enter the following command: setup64.exe /S /v “/qn REBOOT=Y”

Here is some additional switches you can attempt

 

Usage:
   /? :  Show this dialog.
   /a :  Perform an administrative install.
   /a <full path to existing administrative install> :  Patch an existing administrative install.
   /s :  Hide initialization dialog. For silent mode use /s /v/qn.
   /v :  Parameters to pass to installer
   /c :  Clean out installation registration information
   /l :  Perform a detailed logging.
   /l <fullpath to log file> :  Perform a detailed logging.