Setting up first VM - Can't load OS

Hello.  I've set up VMWare ESXi on a new server.  All went well with the install, but I am unable to load an OS on my first VM.  I cannot seem to get to the install media.  I've tried many suggestions to get to the CD at boot, but none work.  Now I'm trying an iso approach, but don't really know how to access the native server to put the images there.

Any suggestions on how to load an OS to a VM would be grateful.  The OS in question is Win2008-64.  I have the bootable DVD from Microsoft as the media.

Thanks,
JasonJewettAsked:
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bhanukir7Commented:
Hi,

if you are running into issues installing the OS by attaching the DVD to the ESXi server then put the DVD on the remote server from where you are connecting to the ESXi server using Virtual center client and set the Local DVD drive of the VI client server as the bootable location.

That should work for you.

bhanu
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JasonJewettAuthor Commented:
I dont have a Virtual Server Center - just the Virtual Client on my PC going right into the server.  Can I still do your trick?  If so, can you walk me through it?  Thanks.
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bhanukir7Commented:
Hi,

What i was referring to was the VI client. When you create a New VM and click on edit settings, cd/dvd drive 1 and set it to "client Device" as shown in the diagram.

Save the settings and power up the VM this should take care of the issue of install. If you want to install a VM from a ISO image file then you can click on top bar where it says "connect CD/DVD1" and select a ISO image file.


bhanu
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JasonJewettAuthor Commented:
Thanks, but how do I get the iso file to the host?  
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bhanukir7Commented:
Hi,

ISO file as a additional option that i have mentioned, you can insert the bootable DVD on the machine on which you have VI client installed and from where you are initiating the install.

i mentioned about ISO image of the file if you have downloaded that from Internet, as you have a physical media, we need not talk about ISO image.

bhanu
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JasonJewettAuthor Commented:
Yes, I have an ISO file.  I need to get that file onto the host server so I can run installs from there in the future.  BTW - your trick worked to load the OS so the points are yours.  Thanks!
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bhanukir7Commented:
Hi,

When it comes to using the ISO images from the VI client, if you see in the image on the top of the third  tab has the option to use ISO files on the VI client server.

If you want to copy the ISO files to the ESX 3i server storage, the you can click on the datastore and upload the files.

A good step by step instructions are available here

http://searchvmware.techtarget.com/tip/0,289483,sid179_gci1303412,00.html

bhanu
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