We help IT Professionals succeed at work.

Cannot boot/install VMs from ISO images in VMware 5.1

10,994 Views
Last Modified: 2013-07-22
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.

AK
Comment
Watch Question

This one is on us!
(Get your first solution completely free - no credit card required)
UNLOCK SOLUTION
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

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/i/200001-300000/270001-280000/279001-280000/279806.jpg
Commented:
This one is on us!
(Get your first solution completely free - no credit card required)
UNLOCK SOLUTION
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
CERTIFIED EXPERT
Fellow
Expert of the Year 2017

Commented:
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
CERTIFIED EXPERT
Fellow
Expert of the Year 2017

Commented:
@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! :)

Author

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!
Unlock the solution to this question.
Join our community and discover your potential

Experts Exchange is the only place where you can interact directly with leading experts in the technology field. Become a member today and access the collective knowledge of thousands of technology experts.

*This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

OR

Please enter a first name

Please enter a last name

8+ characters (letters, numbers, and a symbol)

By clicking, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.