You can connect the DVD/CD-ROM device to a physical DVD or CD-ROM device on the system running the vSphere Client.

1

In the vSphere Client inventory, right-click the virtual machine and select Edit Settings.

2

Click the Hardware tab and select the DVD/CD-ROM drive.

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 the Client Device under Device Type.

6

Select the mode used for the connection.

Passthrough IDE (raw). Use mode only for remote client device access.

Emulate IDE. Use to access a host CD-ROM device.

The host CD-ROM device is accessed through emulation mode. Passthrough 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

In the drop-down menu under Virtual Device Node, select the node the drive uses in the virtual machine.

8

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

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