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

If you are adding a CD/DVD-ROM drive that is backed by USB CD/DVD drive on the host, you must add the drive as a SCSI device.


Start the Add Hardware wizard.


Select DVD/CD-ROM Drive, and click Next.


Select either Use physical drive or Use ISO image.

If you selected Use physical drive, select either client or host as the device location. Select the drive you want to use from the drop-down menu.

Select pass through and use the check box to indicate whether to connect exclusively to the virtual machine, or select ATAPI emulation.

If you selected Use ISO Image, enter the path and filename for the image file, or click Browse to navigate to the file.


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


Click Next.


Specify the virtual device node the drive uses in the virtual machine, and click Next.


Review the information on the Ready to Complete window, and click Finish or Back if you want to change any information.