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Installing Virtual Windows OS without access to CD-Rom

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I have a hosted godaddy server in which I installed VMWare Server.  I am now trying to setup a virtual machine in VMWare and have copied all Windows OS files from FTP to the server...I can't seem to get the virtual machine to be able to browse to where I put the files--it only seems to want to do an install from the CD-ROM.   I don't have an image of the Windows files, either...What is the best way for me to get around this and get the Windows OS installed on the virtual machine?
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If there is the image option and you have the CD you can create an image from the CD and upload that.  Nero has the ability to "burn" to image such as an .iso file.

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I have all the Windows setup files on a drive.  Can I just create an image from that directory?
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As ngailfus said, on the machine you are copying the Windows files from, you can create an image from the original CD.

If the PC has a CD-Rom on it, install Nero and convert said cd image into an 'ISO' image. Then upload the ISO image to the server where the VMware will be running from. In the VMware Server Console, you can setup the guest VM to use a certain ISO image to boot from to create the Guest VM environment.

There is, however, no way to boot from just the setup files. VMware just doesn't work that way.

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Okay, I created an ISO of both images (from disk 1 and 2) and put them out on the server...However, I set the CD-ROM to point to that directory on my C: drive, but I still get "Operating System Not Found" when i start up the VM.  Help?
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You need to point the Guest VM CD-Rom to the ISO, not just the directory.
i.e. C:\VMImages\WindowsXP.iso

You state two disks -- What kind of OS are you trying to install?

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mwecomputers:

My apologies, I did point the Guest VM CD-Rom an ISO of disk 1 of Windows Server 2003 I made from the installation disks.  It's running through what appears to be a DOS-like mode and then it says it can't find anything...
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