I’m probably the last person to realize this, but VMware Player is vastly better than Server for interactive use. I’ve been using Server for a long time and have always been irritated by the slow, stuttering graphics. A comment somewhere explained that the Server window uses remote communication to connect to the VM, i.e. it’s like using VNC or Remote Desktop. Player runs the VM directly, thus optimizing the graphics pathway. I still don’t know if I need to install VMware tools for better performance. I installed it anyway, but I’ve not noticed any difference. I’ll try the Open VMware tools later.