We have a VMWare server that a previous network engineer setup for us and since none of us have any real knowledge or documentation on this, need to know how I can get a session to access a CD Drvie plugged into the host machine via USB.
The host server is running VMWare ESXi 4.0.0 build 244038 with vSphere Client 4.0.0.
The virtual server is Windows 2003 R2 which hosts an IIS install for our web applications on the network.
We cannot log onto the VM session via domain or local admin accounts since a problem with our network switch so I want to use our recovery CD to change the admin password on this server.
What do I need to do to be able to use the USB based CD drive on this session?
Once you have it running, Edit Settings on the VM and make sure it is set to Client Device for the cdrom device. Then once you have the VM powered on, click on the cd icon at the top of the console screen and then you can point it to the physical drive of your system. Resets and power cycles cause it drop the connection, so only do soft resets or you have to reconnect the cd.
If you really need to use the USB drive on the host, in Edit Settings, select host device and then select the correct device. You may have to experiment to find out which one it is, though.