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Trying to add a new VM onto ESX server 3

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I have a Dell 2950 that i have vmware ESX server 3 installed on and 1 VM running on it. I created a new VM, set up with memory, HDD space etc. Now i want to install windows 2000 server on the machine and it will not see the CD, it just tries to run the PXE boot. I even went into the BIOS and put the network boot at bottom of boot options, it seems to be a vmware boot protocol. All i find is directions to click on the cd/rom drive that is attached to the server and it will see it when VM is rebooted but it does not. please help
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by:workga
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Why don't you built an iso file and force the install from the ISO File.  I haven't used the ESX server, however I used VM ware in the past and also used the hyperv/virtual server from Microsoft
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by:Steve M
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Are you using a host device or client device cd rom?
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Make sure your vm cd properties are set to "connected at power on" or if already powered on set to "connected"

Then restart

Good Luck
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If you'r using your PC's cd-rom rather than the server's, you need to click "connect cd-rom" after powering on the VM, you can't configure it to autoconnect, this can be tricky as the VM boots up quickly so I normally configure the boot options of the VM to go into the bios at next boot, I can the connect cd-rom at my leisure and exit the bios.
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the cdrom is the built in 1 on the server.

bgoering, where do i set these properties?

Using the VMware infrastucture client i do not see anywhere to set properties on the cdrom?
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This is a good point that bgoering made, however this only works for host device cdrom, not client device cdrom, that's why I was asking what type you are using.

If you can use a host type cdrom do it, it's much more reliable than the client device cdrom.  I have found it really hard to power on the vm, and then click connect on the cdrom fast enough to catch the boot time.

If you have to use client side cdrom, then do as ConUladh said above and go into your bios, or simply press Pause/Break key on keyboard to pause the post of your machine, then connect the cd rom, click back into your vm and hit enter to resume booting, that will do the trick

-Steve
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ConUladh,   the Connect cd/DVD 1 in the vmware Infrastructure Client is the cdrom that is local to the pc i am using remote into the esx server? its not the cd on the server?
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by:Steve M
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right click vm, edit settings, click on the cd rom, and top right is the options to connect at power on.


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Well it looks like several folks already showed where to connect the device. If you are using the cd on the server, select "Host Device" and check the box at the top (both boxes if it is already powered on.

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oh, sorry - VI3 client, not vshpere, close to the same:

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I think you're saying that its your PC CD-rom.

Under edit settings you need to set CD-ROM to client device. It won't connect at power on.

Under edit settings go to the options tab and under boot options set it to go into the bios at next boot. Th purpose of this step is to buy you time.

Power on the VM, it it will go into the bios. Verify boot order in bios if necessary. Either click on the connect CD-ROM buton or edit settings again and tick the tickbox for Connected under CD-ROM.
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by:wallis34
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thanks for all the quick feedback, you guys all rock. Looks like i am on my way, should heve posted here 3 hours ago, LOL.
Thanks again!
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One last thing after my last comment when you exit the bios you will need to click into the VM and be prepared to hit RETURN when it prompts to boot from CD....
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Thanks isk-ck, for some reason all that is greyed out on my console view, i have it working using my local cdrom though.
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