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Can I copy files off a Cdrom that is in a server running vmware

If I have a server running esxi and I have a windows server running as a virtual host, can I copy files off the physical CDrom on the physical server running esxi ?

We have a remote server farm with little bandwidth for administration.  If I can put the CDrom in a server, copy it up to  a windows server then share it out, that would work a million times faster.  As it stands it takes 2-3 days to copy a dvd from my desktop to a virtual host.

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Just checked on ESX and ESXi servers. You can connect a virtual machine to a physical optical drive.

 The options that come up are:

      Physical Drive
Use the following optical drive:
      Use ATAPI emulation
      Access the device directly
          Connect exclusively to this virtual machin
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, just make sure the Virtual CDROM in the VM is mapped and connected to the physical cdrom in the host server.

Please note and beware, that some servers, which use IDE/SATA CDROM drives, can cause high performance CPU spikes during transfer, which may render the ESX/ESXi host server, in a hung or stopped state, until data transfer has been completed.
TIMFOX123Author Commented:
Thanks guys

an important point, downing several servers in order to copy a cd might not be acceptable.

We are going to be using all top grade stuff, is it still a danger and / or can we somehow slow down the copy speed ?

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TIMFOX123Author Commented:
Humm wonder if I can use robocopy or some utility to perform a steady rate copy that takes a few hours.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
It's an observation we've found when using the cdrom in some servers. So we do not do it.
TIMFOX123Author Commented:
this rocks guys !!

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