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Windows 10 Reference Machine Without VMWare Tools

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I'm trying to create a Windows 10 Enterprise (build 1809) reference machine in VMware.  Per the SD best practices, I am not installing VMWare Tools.  The problem is that without tools installed, I don't have any network adapter on my Windows 10 VM.  Without a network connection, I can't finish the setup of the machine, installing patches, software etc.  What are your suggestions for resolving this?  Thanks.   

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Cedar, you can install them while you work on the VM, but you'll want to remove them and restart before shutting the VM down to capture the image.

Sometimes some reg keys can get stuck and make SmartDeploy think they're still installed. You can remove these keys manually if that is the case:

VMware:  HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\VMTools
VMware:  HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\VMwareTools
VMware:  HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{FE2F6A2C-196E-4210-9C04-2B1BC21F07EF}
VMware:  HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{96B74176-0BA4-4F5D-B3A5-466EAD9E73BD}

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