Configuring a Server with an ISO Image (Windows) Installed

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Learn how to install the VMWare Tools and how to allow Remote Desktop connections after you have installed the ISO image.


  • You have already installed Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012.
  • During the installation, you have selected the option Full Installation (Windows Server 2008) or Server with a GUI (Windows 2012).
  • You are in the 1&1 Cloud Panel, section Infrastructure > Servers.

The VMware Tools is a set of utilities that you can install into the server's operating system. Install the VMware Tools to ensure the proper operation of your server.

To install the VMWare Tools:

  • Activate the desired server.
  • Click DVD Drive.
  • In the Applications tab, select the VMWare Tools Windows DVD.
  • Click Load DVD.
  • Click Actions > Start KVM Console. The KVM console opens in a new tab.
  • Click Send Ctrl+Alt+Del.
  • Log in to the server as an administrator.
  • Open Windows Explorer.
  • Double-click the DVD drive.
  • To start the installation, double-click the desired version of the VMWare Tools. The VMWare Tools are available as a 32-bit and a 64-bit version.
  • Click Next.
  • Select the Typical type of installation.
  • Click Next.
  • Click Install.
  • Click Finish. The VMware Tools have been installed.
  • Restart your server.

The Remote Desktop Connection is pre-installed on all Windows systems and allows direct access to the server's desktop interface.

To allow Remote Desktop connections:


  • Click Control Panel > System and Security > System > Remote Settings.
  • Activate in the Remote tab the Allow remote connections to this computer option.
  • If you establish the connection to the Cloud Server with a computer running Windows 7 or higher, then activate 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 Go.