ISO files

I know that .iso files are used to install appliances onto VMWare  In this case the OS is usually not previously created, and installing the .iso will create both the OS and the appliance

Can you burn them to disk and install them onto an existing OS

Anthony LuciaAsked:
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Yes. You can use .ISO to create media CD/DVD and install it on existing OS or physical machine. Is this what you are asking?

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Gabriel CliftonNet AdminCommented:
ISO files are pretty much a digital copy of a CD/DVD so burning them onto disk to use is very much possible.
☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
On most disk authoring software look for Create disk from Image or similar.
If you post your favorite disk burning software I'm sure someone can post a "how to" specific to that for you.
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
Yes and No.

If you're referring to an ISO of a VMware Appliance, that is typically a "pre-loaded OS" that consists of both the OS and the applications that are embedded within it.    It does not include the installer for the OS ... so you can't simply put it on a DVD and install it to a physical machine.

But if you have ISO's of applications that you're installing on a VM, then Yes, you can easily burn those to a CD/DVD and install them on another machine.   In fact,  you don't need to bother burning them to disk.    ...  Just install the free MagicISO Virtual CD on your system, and you'll then have a "virtual DVD drive" that you can mount the ISO into.
Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
... Note:  If what you want to install is an appliance with applications embedded in an OS, you can simply install the free VMware Player on your other system;  then install the appliance within VMware Player.
you can burn them to disk but can't insall on OS as appliances are generally the customized OS itself and need standalone environment for the installation.

In case the software you want to install is non-bootable or having .exe/.msi/.rpm/.sh extension or any other OS installer then it can be install but it is a bootable iso then you need to install like the OS you do e.g. Linux/Windows/Unix etc...

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