This guide describes how to install VMWare Tools and allow remote desktop connections after installing the ISO image.

VMware Tools are a set of utilities that we recommend installing to ensure that your operating system continues to have optimum performance.

Please Note

For legal reasons, the Windows server operating systems are licensed in cloud servers according to the core license model. This also applies to Windows Server operating systems that you install using ISO images and for which you use your own license key.

  • You have already installed Windows Server 2008, 2012, 2016, or 2019.

  • During installation, you selected Full Installation (Windows Server 2008), Server with a GUI (Windows 2012), Windows Server 2016 Standard (Desktop Experience), Windows Server 2016 Datacenter (Desktop Experience), Windows Server 2019 Standard (Desktop Experience ), or Windows Server2019 Datacenter (Desktop Experience).

  • You are in the Cloud Panel in the Infrastructure > Servers section.

  • Select the desired server.

  • If necessary, eject the inserted DVD. To do this, click on the DVD to be ejected at the top right of the Network button.

  • Click Yes.

  • Click DVD Drive.

  • In the Applications tab, select the VMWare Tools Windows DVD.

  • Click Load DVD.

  • Click Actions > Start KVM Console.

  • Click OK.

    The KVM console opens in a new tab.

  • Click Ctrl+Alt+Send Del.

  • Log in to the server as an administrator.

  • Open the Windows Explorer.

  • Double-click the DVD drive.

  • To start the installation, double-click the desired version of VMWare Tools.


VMWare Tools are offered in 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

  • Click Next.

  • Select the Typical installation type.

  • Click Next.

  • Click Install.

  • Click Finish.

    The VMWare Tools have been installed.

  • Restart your server.

Allowing Remote Desktop Connections

Remote Desktop Connection is pre-installed on all Windows systems and allows you to directly access the server's desktop interface.

Guided Steps

  • Click Control Panel > System and Security > System > Remote Settings.

  • In the Remote tab, enable the Allow remote connections to this computer option.

  • If you are connecting to the cloud server with a computer running Windows 7 or later, enable the following option:

    Windows Server 2008: Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication (more secure)

    Windows Server 2012: Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication (recommended)

  • Click OK.