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How can I setup cdrom in VMware virtual machine

Hi,
I'm new to Vmware 3.5 world. I received a message "operating system not found".
I already put windows 2003 in host cdrom. It seems the vm cannot find cdrom.
I have tried setup cd/dvd as host device(/dev/scd0) and Client Device. Both of them gave me same error when I restart the vm.
How can I setup cdrom correctly in vm?

Thanks,

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luyan
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from_expCommented:
you have to add cdrom drive inside guest configuration and map it to a particular iso image.
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luyanAuthor Commented:

Is there a way I can use cd/dvd drive on host?

Thanks,
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from_expCommented:
nope
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za_mkhCommented:
Yes, you can. Configure you VM so that you use "client device".
Then when you power on your VM, you can click on connect CD/DVD button in the toolbar.
You have to be quick to do this, or you can give yourself some time, by configuring on the Options tab for your VM config, and setting the boot delay e.g. 10000ms (which is 10 seconds). This then gives you enough time to connect your VM to the CD drive on your computer.
 

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from_expCommented:
yep, but this is a client cd, not host's cd...
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Mesik2ppCommented:
With ESX 3.5 you can use Host device, with ESXi you cannot use host device.

Here is the same problem
http://communities.vmware.com/thread/145907
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luyanAuthor Commented:

Connecting to client cdrom is good for me.
And I have tried to connect host cdrom.
I'm unlucky.
When I was using "mount /dev/cdrom", it showed me unknown device.
I found there are scd0 ~ 8 in /dev and tried "mount /dev/scd0", it showed me "mount: can't find /dev/scd0 in /etc/fstab or /etc/mtab"

Thanks,
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za_mkhCommented:
Good catch Mesik. Didn't realise ESXi couldn't use the Host's CD-ROM Device. We normally just use our ISO datastore for all our ESX / ESXi Hosts.
To the original poster. Sorry for misreading your original post. Didn't realise you were talking about the host device. :}
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