Second VM 5.1

OK, had a single vmware 5.1 with a couple vm's.  Created a second vmware 5.1. I have vcenter 5.5. added second vmware to it. QQQQ? is how do I and can I share for instance cd drives from original vmware to install OS on second vmware?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
What you normally would do is create a shared storage datastore, and present this to both ESXi hosts, and then upload ALL your ISOS to this single datastore.

see my EE Articles

Part 3: 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)

Part 4: 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.

if you do not have a shared datastore, you will have to upload the isos again, to a datastore on each ESXi host.

You can browse to an ISO or CDROM drive on your workstation, to mount a ISO/CDROM for your virtual machine, but this method of installation is slower, that an ISO on a datastore.

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BillBondoAuthor Commented:
Ok, will look and give it a try tomorrow. Thanks...
BillBondoAuthor Commented:
Thank you for the help. It seems the vmware boxes dont see each other? I can manage both from vcenter. I do not have a san or nas. Figured I could share storage on one with both? TIA
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Not unless you use vSAN or VSA!
BillBondoAuthor Commented:
No other options? I only have 2 esxi computers, need 3 for vsa and dont have web client, not enough ram. What I was trying to do was upload my iso images and be able to use that on both machines for installing.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You cannot share storage between ESXi hosts, unless you use vSAN or VSAN, or third party products....

But you can use NFS on Windows, Linux, or inexpensive NAS!

and then share that single NFS datastore between both ESXi servers.

So create a NFS export, on Windows, Linux or NAS....present to ESXi (both servers).
BillBondoAuthor Commented:
Hey thanks. Took a bit of head scratching but did it. Have a HD on another server and will put my isos on that with that iso maker and connect that way. I HOPE... Just dont have the horse power for a nas or san. thanks again. to bad cant give 500 more points
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