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How to install Parallels Tools drivers on Windows Server core

Article ID: 115271, created on Dec 7, 2012, last review on May 10, 2014

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  • Server Virtualization

Information

It is possible to install drivers using command-line tools available in Windows Server core. This article describes how to install network driver.

Resolution

  1. Mount Parallels Tools ISO to the affected virtual machine:
    prlctl installtools VMNAME
  2. Inside virtual machine change directory to the optical drive:
    D:
  3. Launch installation to unpack MSI files:
    Setup.exe
  4. Make temporary directory:
    mkdir dump
  5. Unpack MSI:
    msiexec.exe /a setup-parallels-tools.msi /qb TARGETDIR=C:\windows\temp\dump
  6. Install needed drivers:
    Pnputil.exe -i -a c:\windows\temp\dump\program files\parallels\parallelstools\drivers\prl_eth5\prl_eth5.inf



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