Cannot boot/install VMs from ISO images in VMware 5.1

In this new VMWare 5.1 host server (HP ProLiant DL360 G6), I have created 2 VMs -- one for Win 2008-R2 and one for 2003-R2, both 64-bit. Neither of VM guest OS can be installed. The VMs cannot see the DVD drive. I have modified/verified Boot options, so that CD-ROM has priority over hard disk. Normally, I would see the message - "Press any key to boot from CD-ROM" but on this host, that option has not shown up for any VMs. The delay is 2000 ms.

ISO images are located in datastore and DVD-drive is set to Connect on power on.
In host BIOS, "Local Bus IDE adapter" is set to Both. Thanks for any help.

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You're VMs don't seem to have any access to the optical drive.

I suggest you try with a usb cd/dvd drive if you have one
use an iso image file instead of the optical drive

both should work
did you remember to attach/mount the physical drive to the VPms virtual CD drive?

co to the console pane,
start the VM
click the icon at the top right with the cd logo and select connect to host device
AkulshAuthor Commented:
As I said in my posting, "ISO images are located in datastore and DVD-drive is set to Connect on power on." So I was using ISO images.

I was using ISO, and I did attach it in the VM Console - toolbar.

Now the SOLUTION, which I got from another source. This ISO images were not bootable. I did not even know that it is possible. So when DVD itself was used in client machine, the installation of OS began.

Wondering how much credit I should give both of you. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
@Akulsh, if you found the solution from another source, NO POINTS!

as the solution was not derived from Experts Exchange Experts, you can assign points to yourself, when closing the question. i.e. no Expert mentioned the CDROM/DVDROM was not bootable!

Points are given for solutions not Effort!
@hanccocka Don't agree,

"Normally, I would see the message - "Press any key to boot from CD-ROM" but on this host, that option has not shown up for any VMs"

Comment suggests images or disks would not boot on this host but did in other/s.

Anyway if it's solved... good! :)
AkulshAuthor Commented:
I decided to give Sinfocomer some credit since he was pointing in the right direction. The solution of course is to make sure the ISO image is bootable.

Hanccocka, thanks for your links. You are  the crown jewel of EE!
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