You can add four CD/DVD drives to your virtual machine. You can connect the virtual machine's drive to a physical drive or an ISO image on the host machine.

A virtual IDE CD/DVD drive can use a physical IDE drive or a physical SCSI drive.


In the Inventory panel, select the virtual machine to modify.


In the Commands section of the Summary tab, click Add Hardware.

The Add Hardware wizard opens.


Click CD/DVD Drive.


In the Host Media section, select whether to connect to a physical drive or an ISO image on the host and click Next.


On the Properties page, specify which physical drive or which ISO image to use:

If you selected Use a Physical Drive, specify the drive to use.

If you selected Use an ISO Image, click Browse to navigate to a file with the .iso extension in an existing datastore.


(Optional) To connect the drive to the virtual machine when you power on, select Connect at power on (the default).


(Optional) In the Virtual Device Node section, select an adapter and device node from the drop-down menus.


Click Next.


In the Ready to Complete page, view the configuration summary and click Finish.

The guest operating system detects the new CD/DVD drive the next time you power on the virtual machine.