You can upload an ISO image file to a datastore from your local computer. You can do this when a virtual machine, host, or cluster does not have access to a datastore or to a shared datastore that has the guest operating system installation media that you require.

Verify that the Client Integration Plug-In is installed. See Install the Client Integration Plug-In. The installation process requires you to close any open browsers.

Required privileges:

Datastore.Browse datastore on the datastore.

Datastore.Low level file operations on the datastore.

1

In the inventory, click Datastores and on the Objects tab, select the datastore to which you will upload the file.

2

Click the Navigate to the datastore file browser icon (Datastore file browser).

3

(Optional) Click the Create a new folder icon.

4

Select the folder that you created or select an existing folder, and click the Upload a File icon (Upload file to datastore).

5

If the Client Integration Access Control dialog box appears, click Allow to allow the plug-in to access your operating system and proceed with the file upload.

6

On the local computer, find the file and upload it.

ISO upload times vary, depending on file size and network upload speed.

7

Refresh the datastore file browser to see the uploaded file in the list.

After you upload the ISO image installation media, you can configure the virtual machine CD-ROM drive to access the file.