loading Windows Server 2012r2 on ESX 5.5

I downloaded the iso from Microsoft ( MS Server 2012) and its to big to put on a CD

I tried to use my flash or thumb drive to install iso with no luck. It could not find the OS when I tried to install- Am I missing something?
I did install the usb service in VM 5.5

Can I put the iso on a DVD?

Suggestions please
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ITAddictCommented:
First you need to upload it to your datastore. There are other ways, but this is probably the best/easiest, especially to use it again for other VMs, etc. here is a quick vid on that:
http://youtu.be/c6v8GsWJ9dc

NOTE; you'll want to look into creating a "template" for future use and MUCH FASTER. That's a separate conversation though.

Second, you'll want to create your VM if you haven't already.
Select the VM you want to install Server 2012 on, right click and "Edit Settings". Then select "CD/DVD drive". Over to the right select Datastore ISO, click browse and navigate to where you upload/saved your ISO in step 1.

Also, at the top right under "device status" enable both connected and connect at power on.

Click ok to close out of the settings window, power on the VM and it will boot just like a regular computer. Follow the server prompts and your good. Don't forget to install the "VMTools" after your done installing the OS. Also remember Ctl+Alt to unlock your mouse from the guest OS console (when VMTools are not installed)
Michael FowlerSolutions ConsultantCommented:
In the vSphere Client you just mount the ISO using the option "connect to ISO image on the local disc"

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