Creating a datastore for storing ISO Files on vCenter

Greetings Experts,

I have 2 ESXi Servers' managed via vCenter.
I have also 3 Datastores, two automatically created for each ESXi and one VMFS5 shared Datastore
created by me using OpenFiler.

After searching a bit I found that the VMFS can be mounted on a Windows Server but as a read-only drive.

What I want is to create a datastore in order to store the ISO files of Windows and create my first VM.

Q1)Under datastores I have seen a vmimages folder. Is this folder accessible in order to store the ISO files and how?

Q2)Using OpenFiler what type of datastore should I create in order to be accessible (read/write) on vCenter and also on Windows Server?

Q3)Is it possible to upload an ISO file on a datastore directly from vCenter (without the need of a Windows Server)?

Thanks in Advance,
Mamelas
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bleeuwenCommented:
Q1)Under datastores I have seen a vmimages folder. Is this folder accessible in order to store the ISO files and how?
You can access this by "browse datastore", with this you can upload iso files (with the right permissons)

Q2)Using OpenFiler what type of datastore should I create in order to be accessible (read/write) on vCenter and also on Windows Server?
I will have to get back for this one..

Q3)Is it possible to upload an ISO file on a datastore directly from vCenter (without the need of a Windows Server)?
Yes. Select the datastore and press the browse datastore. You can upload files.
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bleeuwenCommented:
See https://jreypo.wordpress.com/2010/11/30/configure-nfs-shares-in-openfiler-for-your-vsphere-homelab/

Search for the "Next select the share type, for our purposes case I obviously choose NFS and set the permissions as Read-Write" part. There you can see the rights.
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gheistCommented:
Your windows desktop is a good place for install ISO files. You dont need them so often to be of concern.
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mamelasAuthor Commented:
Dear Experts,

Thank you for your prompt replies.

I guess that I can also upload ISO files via vCenter.
Browsing the Datastore I saw a button that is for installing the "Client Intergration Plug-in" (in my case the browser is Firefox)
On a VMware's article I also saw that this button is for uploading files but in my case even after installing the plug-in pressing this button is still prompting me to download the Client Intergration Plug-in.

What am I doing wrong??
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bleeuwenCommented:
you are using firefox :)

Now serious, is it working in another browser (e.g. Internet Explorer)?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, you can upload files, to the datastore using the Web Client (via vCenter Server!).

Restart your browser and make sure it's not blocking plugins.

try Chrome!
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mamelasAuthor Commented:
Yep! a second-to-third browser restart did the job.

You helped me a lot, thank you for your pro answers!!!
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