This article 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.

Prerequisites
  • You have already installed Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012.

  • You have selected the option Full Installation (Windows Server 2008) or Server with a GUI (Windows Server 2012) during installation.

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

  • Select the desired server.

  • Click DVD Drive.

  • In the Applications tab, select VMWare Tools Windows.

  • Click Load DVD.

  • Click Actions > Launch KVM Console. The KVM Console opens in a new tab.

  • Click Send Ctrl+Alt+Del.

  • Log on to the server as an administrator.

  • Open the Windows Explorer.

  • Double-click the DVD drive.

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

Additional Information

The VMWare tools are offered as 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

  • Click Next.

  • Select the Typical installation type.

  • Click Next.

  • Click Install.

  • Click Finish. The VMWare Tools have now been installed.

  • You can now restart your server.

Allowing Remote Desktop Connections

Remote Desktop Connection comes installed on all Windows systems and gives you direct access to a server's desktop interface. To allow remote desktop connections, simply follow the steps below:

  • Go to the 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 that has Windows 7 or later installed, 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.