Need to boot from DVD  on VMware virutal server wmware 5

Posted on 2012-08-27
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Last Modified: 2012-08-31
I need to boot to an ISO and mounted the ISO on my virtual DVD on VM of Windows 2003 server, but when I boot it goes directly to the operating system. How can I change the boot order>
Question by:Thor2923
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
ID: 38338012
Edit the Virtual Machine BIOS at startup, F2, and select and Change the Boot Order to CD-ROM Drive.

or Press Escape at VM Boot, and select CD-ROM Drive.

if you find it tricky on some systems, to Press Escape or Enter the VM BIOS, you can Force the VM to go into the BIOS at next BOOT by selecting it in Options, Edit VM Settings.

Just check, you have Ticked the BOX, which states Connected and Connected at Power On, next to the CD/DVD drive in the Virtual Machine settings.

Check the DVD ISO is bootable using Magic ISO.

Bootable CDROM

Author Comment

ID: 38338283
sounds easy but when I reboot the VM everything flashes by so quickly, I have not been able to press esc or F2 in time. I will keep trying...thanks
LVL 124
ID: 38338291
Yes, so edit the VM Settings, and Force into BIOS!

See above.....

Author Comment

ID: 38356115
worked perfectly

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