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ESXi: using VMware vSphere client, where do I put my ISOs to create new virtual machines?

Posted on 2011-03-01
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Hello Experts,

Back with VMware Server 2, one would create datasource to point to the location of an ISO file. Then, when creating a new virtual machine, you would simply use it.

How and where do you add those ISOs paths or datasource to create a new virtual machine?

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While logged into your host via vSphere Client, what you do is right-click on 1 of your datastores and select 'Browse Datastore'. This opens up an 'Explorer' type window. You can create a folder and label it "ISO". You can then upload the ISO to this datastore (hover your mouse over the toolbar icon on the Datastore Browser window to see which is the upload icon. Browse to the ISO file location on your local workstation and upload it. Then, to install a guest OS (I assume that's what you're doing), right-click on the VM and go into Edit Settings. Click on CD\DVD and click the radio button to browse for the ISO. Browse to it on your datastore. Click the 'Connect' and 'Connect at power on' sections at the top, reboot yoru VM and you should boot to your ISO.

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you can copy ISO image to a datastore using "Browse Datastore" function. Or you can use host cd\dvd-rom and expose it to the VM

after you created VM, right click on VM, select "Edit Settings..", select CD/DVD Drive on left and on the right side you'll see all available options you can use.
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thank you experts...

I wouldn't have figure it out without your help...

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