Click "Register to continue".
Fill in name, email address, etc., and click Continue.
Click ISO, as shown below.
It's a 6.5 GB download.
The file name is "Windows_Server_2016_Datacenter_EVAL_en-us_14393_refresh.ISO", as of Dec. 3, 2018. The SHA-256 hash value is:
In the "Welcome to the New Virtual Machine Wizard" screen, click the "I will install the operating system later." button, as shown below.
In the "Select a Guest Operating System" box, select "Microsoft Windows" and "Windows Server 2016", as shown below.
Name your machine and choose a location to save it in.
In the "Specify Disk Capacity" box, accept the default options, as shown below, and click Next.
In the "Ready to Create Virtual Machine" box, click the "Customize Hardware..." button, as shown below.
In the "Hardware" box, on the left side, click "New CD/DVD". On the right side, click the "Use ISO image file" button.
Click the Browse... button. Navigate to your Downloads folder and double-click the 4393.0.161119-1705.RS1_REFRESH_SERVER_EVAL_X64FRE_EN-US.ISO file, as shown below.
Click the Close button.
In the "Ready to Create Virtual Machine" box, click the Finish button.
VMware Workstation Player now shows a "Win16-YOURNAME" item on the left side, as shown below.
On the right side, click "Play virtual machine".
If a box pops up titled "Software Updates", click "Remind Me Later".
If a box pops up titled "Removable Devices", click OK.
A "Windows Setup" box appears, as shown below.
On the next screen, click the "Install now" button.
In the "Select the operating system you want to install" box, click "Windows Server 2016 Standard Evaluation (Desktop Experience)", as shown below.
On the next screen, click the "I accept the license terms" box, and click Next.
On the next screen, click "Custom: Install Windows only (Advanced)" box.
In the "Where do you want to install Windows" box, click Next.
Wait a few minutes while Windows installs.
Your virtual machine restarts twice, and you see the box shown below.
Enter these values:
Windows starts, as shown below.
At the login screen, enter a password of P@ssw0rd as shown below. Then press Enter.
Adjusting ResolutionIf the text in the virtual machine is tiny, and hard to read, do these steps:
Then restart VMware Workstation Player and run your VM again. The font should be larger.
- At the top right of the VMware Workstation Player window, click the red X.
- A box pops up. Click Suspend button.
- On your desktop, right-click the "VMware Workstation Player" icon and click Properties.
- In the "VMware Workstation Player Properties" box, on the Compatibility" tab, click the "Disable display scaling on high DPI settings" box.
- Click OK.
In your Windows Server 2016 machine, close Server Manager.
In VMware Workstation Player, at the top left, click Player, Manage, "Install VMware Tools...".
If a "Software Updates" box pops up, click the "Download and Install" button.
On your Windows Server 2016 desktop, at the lower left, click the yellow folder icon to open Windows Explorer.
On the left side, click "This PC".
On the right side, double-click the DVD drive containing VMware Tools, as shown below.
An installer starts, as shown below.
Click Next, Next, Install, Finish.
Click Yes to restart now.
Log in as usual. Close Server Manager.
Resolution ProblemsWhen VMware Tools installs, if you are using a Mac host, the desktop may shrink down so the letters are hard to read, as shown below.
To fix that, open VMware Settings, Display, and uncheck "Use full resolution for Retina display".
Downloading VMware ToolsIf you need to download VMware Tools, use the link below.
You should see information about your Windows version, as shown below. Find the text that is covered by a gray box in the image below.
Execute this command to extend the trial for another 180 days:
You can extend the trial six times, for up to three years.