Originally Posted by P3c4h2
I haven't touched this since I set up a few months ago. But I just want to get a guest OS installed from DVD instead of .iso because I have the disc not the .iso. But I can't find a way to use the drive on the actual server. I mean why would I want to mount the CD player on the remote machine and install, it seems that it would be very slow. I already have the vm created and turned on with resources allocated. I am using vSphere to remote in. Any ideas? Tried to go to console and it said "no operating system." I have a linux install ready in the server drive.
I just found it was much easier to use IMGburn to make in ISO of the DVD/CD I had, then in vsphere click on the host server and go to the "Configure" tab, then under "storage". Click the datastore you want to ISO to be on and right click and select "Browse datastore" and then in the new window you can upload the ISO to the data store, and select that ISO to boot from in the VM settings.
If your ESXi host has a CD drive then you should be able to go into the VM settings, then the CD ROM device and select the "Host Device" button and select the drive. Then make sure to check off "Connect at power on" to connect it at VM startup. Before powering up the VM you can also go under the "Options" tab (still in the VM settings) and under "Boot options' check off "Force BIOS Setup" so as soon as you boot the VM you can enter the BIOS and verify that the CD ROM drive is ahead of the OS Vdisk in the boot order.