Windows Server 2008 R2 documentation covers information on how to install the operating system in a virtual machine. For additional information about the operating system, refer to the instructions included in the installation media.

Windows Server 2008 R2 documentation includes the following topics:

Installation Instructions

You can install the Windows Server 2008 R2 in a virtual machine using the corresponding Windows Server 2008 R2 distribution CD.


Before you begin, verify that the following tasks are complete:

Installation Steps

  1. Insert the Windows Server 2008 R2 CD in the CD-ROM drive.
  2. Power on the virtual machine to start installing Windows Server 2008 R2.
  3. (Optional) If you are using VMware Paravirtual as the default SCSI controller, you can install Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit using the pvscsi-windows2008.flp driver.
  4. Follow the prompts to complete the installation.
  5. Install VMware Tools.

VMware Tools in an Windows Server 2008 R2 Guest

For information on VMware Tools, see Knowledge base article 1014294, General VMware Tools installation instructions, at http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1014294.

Knowledge Base Articles for Windows Server 2008 R2

The following link refers to knowledge base articles on operating system specific issues. See VMware Knowledge Base for a list of known issues about the operating system.

VMware Compatibility Guide

The VMware Compatibility Guide Web site lists supported guest and host operating systems and provides related support information.

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