I’ve installed Server 2008 Core on my VMware host this morning. Went fast, smooth and runs like a champ. I found another blog that details how to install VMware tools on Server 2008 Core. The blog is by Jeff Guillet, a senior consultant for convergent computing in Pacifica, CA. You can find the details here. It’s very nice in fact. The biggest benefit of installing VMware tools in Server 2008 Core is that you don’t have to hit the CTL-ALT key sequence to release the mouse. The drawback is that it has to also install the help files which, technically, could result in a slightly larger attack surface in the VM. A minor concern though in my opinion.