Use the Hardware tab in the Virtual Machine Properties dialog box to configure a DVD/CD-ROM drive for a virtual machine.

1

In the Virtual Machine Properties Editor, click the Hardware tab.

2

Click the DVD/CD-ROM drive in the Hardware list.

3

Select or deselect the Connected check box to connect or disconnect the device.

4

If you do not want the CD-ROM drive connected when the virtual machine starts, deselect Connect at power on.

5

Select whether to use a client device, host device, or ISO file.

Option

Description

Client Device

Select this option to connect the DVD/CD-ROM device to a physical DVD or CD-ROM device on the system running the vSphere Client.

To connect the device, you must click the Connect CD/DVD button in the toolbar when you power on the virtual machine.

Host Device

a

Select this option to connect the DVD/CD-ROM device to a physical DVD or CD-ROM device on the host.

b

Select the specific device from the drop-down list.

Datastore ISO File

a

Select this option to connect the DVD/CD-ROM device to an ISO file stored on a datastore accessible to the host.

b

Click Browse and select the ISO file.

6

For client devices, select the mode used for the connection.

Use Pass-through (raw) mode only for remote client device access.

Use ATAPI emulation to access a host CD-ROM device.

The host CD-ROM device is accessed through emulation mode. Pass-through mode is not functional for local host CD-ROM access. You can write or burn a remote CD only through pass-through mode access, but in emulation mode you can only read a CD-ROM from a host CD-ROM device.

7

Alternatively, select Use ISO Image to connect the virtual machine’s drive to an ISO image file.

8

If you selected Use ISO Image, click Browse to navigate to the file.

9

Under Virtual device node, use the drop-down menu to select the device node the drive uses in the virtual machine.

10

Click OK to save your changes and close the dialog box.