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I recently installed VMWare ESXi on a Dell 2950.  The installation on VMWare went very smooth but now I am trying to create my first virtual machine and it will not boot from the Host CDRom.  How do i enable this?

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by:Andrew Doades
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first I would make sure that your host cdrom is connected and working, then if the vm has not got an OS installed on it, it should boot from the cd by default, else there is a key something like F10 or F11 that brings a boot menu up, then select CD-ROM.
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Well i know the CD Rom works because i just loaded ESXi from the CDRom.  When it boots up it goes through looking for a PXE Server, then it comes back stating no OS found.  Is there an option i need to look at to tell it that the CD-Rom is the first boot object?
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When the vm boots you need to hit F2 strait away, this will load the setup, then use the right arrow until you get to "Boot"

here you can select cd-rom and just hit + twice until the cd-rom is as the top of the list, this will make the machine look for a boot cd before anything.
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Great, that did it.  I also found settings under the boot options that will look for this in the future.

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