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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