best way to install application software on a server virtualized with hyper-v


I'm not at all familiar with Hyper-V virtualization and am having trouble wrapping my head around what is probably a very basic thing.  Thanks in advance for your patience...

I've been given a virtual server on which to test a multi-step software upgrade process.  The test server is a Hyper-V virtual machine.  To get to this machine I use Remote Desktop Connection to connect to the virtual machine host server, then use Hyper-V Manager to connect to the testing machine.  I need to install some accounting application software that is usually installed from a DVD but I can't figure out how to get this done.  I found a drop down menu called Media that gives me the option to Insert Disk but it doesn't seem to be able to see any of my local DVD drives.  

Three questions:

- is there something that I can check to determine if the virtual machine is set up to allow the user of a DVD?

- does this Media menu / Insert Disk option refer to the DVD drive on the VM Host hardware?  In other words, if I don't have access to the host hardware will I be unable to install from a DVD?

-  if I can't use a DVD, what is the next best option to get my software installed?

Many thanks!
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
Create an ISO from your DVD, attach it to the running machine and then forget you're working with a virtual machine. It should behave exactly like a physical machine.

Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
CDBurnerXP is a freebie utility that you can use to generate an ISO file from your physical media.

Place that in a folder on the Hyper-V host. We usually create a folder called ISOs to keep them in.

Right click on the VM in Hyper-V Manager and Settings --> Optical --> Image --> x\ISOs\YourISO.iso and Apply and OK.

The media will show up in the VM just like a physical disk would.

I have an EE Article here that may help a bit with Hyper-V: Some Hyper-V Hardware and Software Best Practices.

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monkeybiz12345Author Commented:
Thanks for the step by step!
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