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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.
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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.
    
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Ok you need to do a few things.

1. In the Guest VM config set the CDROM to use the physical drive instead of an iso
2. In the same configuration panel, make sure that connected/connect at startup are checked
3. Under the Options Tab > Advanced > Boot Options check the Force BIOS setup
4. When you boot, it will enter the BIOS, set the CDROM/DVD to be the primary boot device under the boot menu (make sure it is at the top.)

You should be good to go after that.
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Thanks that helped me fix it guys. Of course, I got an error on first program opened but I'll check elsewhere for that info.
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Thanks that helped me fix it guys. Of course, I got an error on first program opened but I'll check elsewhere for that info.
You have to open a console session to the virtual machine using the vSphere client, and then there's a little icon along the top bar for optical drive...

CD/DVD Drive 1 > Connect to [Drive Letter]:

Where [Drive Letter] corresponds to the drive letter of the optical drive on your client machine. You need to do this after you boot the VM.
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