You can use a physical drive on a client or host, or you can use an ISO image to add a CD/DVD drive to a virtual machine.

If you want to add a CD/DVD drive that is backed up by USB CD/DVD drive on the host, you must add the drive as a SCSI device. Hot adding or removing SCSI devices from an ESXi host is not supported.

Power off the virtual machine.

1

Click Virtual Machines in the VMware Host Client inventory.

2

Right-click a virtual machine in the list and select Edit settings from the pop-up menu.

3

On the Virtual Hardware tab, select Add other device and select CD/DVD Drive from the drop-down menu.

4

Expand CD/DVD drive and select an option.

Option

Description

Use physical drive

a

Select Client Device as the location.

b

From the Device Mode drop-down menu, select Emulate CD-ROM or Passthrough CD-ROM.

Use ISO Image

a

Select Datastore ISO File as the location.

b

Enter the path and filename for the image file, or click Browse to navigate to the file.

5

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

6

Select the virtual device node that the drive uses in the virtual machine.

7

Click Save.