Installing the VMware vSphere client on Windows Server 2012 R2

Installing the VMware vSphere client on Windows Server 2012 R2

I had occasion to install VMware vSphere client my home lab server which is a domain controller and running Windows Server 2012 R2 but ran into two problems… thought they were worth documenting.

The first issue was that I was told the installer wasn’t compatible on the Operating System I was running.  In order to get round this, I navigated to the location of the installer. Highlighted it, right clicked and select properties.  I clicked on the Compatibility tab and set it so the installer would run as if it was on a Windows 7 machine.

I tried to install the client again but ran into ANOTHER problem! The GUI installer was complaining about being installed on a domain controller.  To get around this issue I broke out an elevated command prompted and issued the command: 
VMware-viclient-all-5.5.0-1618071.exe /VSKIP_OS_CHECKS=”1″


After all that the client successfully installed!

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