VMWare Workstation with Windows Server 2012 Black Screen After VMWare Tools Install

Had an interesting issue today while recreating a new SCCM 2012 SP1 lab environment.  I loaded it up on VMWare Workstation (yeah, I know, the OTHER guys)…. and then installed VMWare tools on my Server 2012 VM.  After a reboot I noticed I could see the BIOS, then a bootup sequence with Windows, then all black.  Could tell my mouse went into something…

After digging a bit I found the fix.

Under the VM settings, go to display and check “Accelerate 3D graphics”.  Force a reboot and it should come up just fine.

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MDT Lite Touch in VMWare Workstation for your test lab

So I came across a little but pretty tricky issue when trying to create a new MDT 2010 test lab in VMWare Workstation.

When trying to image up a bare metal VMware XP workstation I came across this error

When you create a new VM and use the XP VMWare profile it defaulted to and AMD PCNet NIC.

None of the MDT Lite Touch boot PE images have the AMD driver.  Took a little digging – but here it is.  AMD PCNet NIC

Import these drivers into your drivers into MDT, update your deployment share, and update the PXE boot image and you are set!

A quick and easy fix – hopefully this helps!  Its been awhile since I’ve had to use this exact setup!


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