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    Default Issue installing Server 2012 on Vmware Workstation

    Greetings all,

    I am having problems installing Server 2012 R2 (Technet Evaluation) onto Vmware workstation. After selecting GUI option, it installs and the screen goes black after awhile. Do anyone know what is the case?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AB.Calculus View Post
    Greetings all,

    I am having problems installing Server 2012 R2 (Technet Evaluation) onto Vmware workstation. After selecting GUI option, it installs and the screen goes black after awhile. Do anyone know what is the case?

    inactivity perhaps.
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    When you created the VM did you immediately attach a iso of the OS to it as a DVD to do the installation?

    I have had issues (Hyper-V) where doing that from the start caused some strange issues. Try booting the VM without an OS or a boot iso and then shutdown, attach the iso and try again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by poolmanjim View Post
    When you created the VM did you immediately attach a iso of the OS to it as a DVD to do the installation?
    I have, after the install, it restarts and sometimes it goes to Server Manager and sometimes screen goes black.
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    What version of Workstation are you using? What is your host OS?
    Did you install VMware tools in your VM?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike7 View Post
    What version of Workstation are you using? What is your host OS?
    Did you install VMware tools in your VM?
    Vmware Player 6.0.7 with W7 32-bit as host.
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    I think there is a newer version of VMware player. And did you install VMware tools? They help improve server performance and add features such as improved graphics.

    Alternatively, you can use VirtualBox which is free. Install integration component after installing your guest OS.
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    can you run a 64b it OS VM on a 32bit host? that maybe your issue
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    Quote Originally Posted by netsysllc View Post
    can you run a 64b it OS VM on a 32bit host? that maybe your issue
    It depends on whether you have a 64 bit CPU, and whether Intel VT is available and enabled in the BIOS (or the AMD equivalent). If you have, then it should work on a 32 bit OS, but it will likely struggle with getting enough memory.

    OP: A quick search found this, which looks a bit like your problem:

    VMWare Workstation with Windows Server 2012 Black Screen After VMWare Tools Install | LaBareWeb System Center Blog
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