mounting CD drive on free VMware ESXi 5.0

Posted on 2013-09-26
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I have VMware ESXi 5.0 (free) installed on a Supermicro brand server and i'm trying to access the CD drive to install drivers for my RAID controller. I've tried several ways to mount the drive but i'm not having any luck. I keep getting error "set failed. not supported."

I'm not really familiar with linux so that doesn't help my struggle. I've tried the following processes on the websites below, including those mentioned in the comments section. The CD drive shows up, I just can't seem to mount or use it.


Question by:LittleJohn101
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do you have vsphere client installed?  If not open a browser on your computer and browse to the ip address of the vmhost (you may or may not need to use https instead of http).  From here click continue if you get a certificate warning.  the page that comes up has a link to download vsphere client.

Once you have it install you can log into the host and see all the guests running.  right click on the guest that you want to use the Cd drive with and go to edit settings.

In the properties screen click on the cd drive and make sure that the check boxes for connected and connect at power on a checked.  Also try to use the "host device" setting if you have a cd in the drive of the host machine.  Or if you have an iso you can upload it to the datastore and mount the iso instead.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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I would not bother trying to use the cdrom drive. (waste of time, and tricky if not impossible!)

upload the drivers (vib or zip) using WinSCP to the datastore, login via SSH, and install the drivers.

ask more questions if unsure.

follow my EE Articles to upload to the datastore

HOW TO: Create an ISO CD-ROM/DVD-ROM image (*.iso), and MD5 checksum signature, for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

HOW TO: Upload an ISO CD-ROM/DVD-ROM image to a VMware datastore for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) using the vSphere Client, and checking its MD5 checksum signature is correct.

Author Comment

ID: 39525757
I don't know why I didn't think of that before. Silly me. So I just put the driver in a folder on the datastore using the VI client and then logged into the console with putty to install the driver. I ran the command my RAID controller manual said to but get an error saying its not meant to be used directly and to use esxcli image/software. Guess i'll look that up... but you have resolved my issue of getting the driver package on the server which is now done.

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