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

Posted on 2012-08-22
Last Modified: 2012-08-23
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.

Question by:TIMFOX123
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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
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    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.

    Author Comment

    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 ?


    Author Comment

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

    Author Closing Comment

    this rocks guys !!

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