Use a physical floppy drive or a floppy image to add a floppy drive to a virtual machine.

ESXi does not support floppy drives that are backed by a physical floppy drive on the host.

Note

You cannot use vMotion to migrate virtual machines that have floppy drives backed by a physical floppy drive on ESX 3.5, 4. 0, and 4.x hosts that vCenter Server 5.0 manages. You must disconnect these devices before you migrate the virtual machine.

1

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

2

Select the Hardware tab and click Add.

3

Select Floppy Drive, and click Next.

4

Select the device type to use for this virtual device.

Option

Description

Use a physical floppy drive

Select this option to connect the floppy device to a physical floppy device or a .flp floppy image on the system running the vSphere Client.

To connect the device, click the Floppy Connections button in the toolbar when you power on the virtual machine.

Use a floppy image

a

Select this option to connect the virtual device to an existing floppy image on a datastore accessible to the host.

b

Click Browse and select the floppy image.

Create a blank floppy image

a

Select this option to create a floppy image on a datastore accessible to the host.

b

Click Browse and browse to the location for the floppy image.

c

Enter a name for the floppy image and click OK.

5

To have the floppy drive connected to the virtual machine when you power it on, select Connect at power on.

6

Click Next.

7

Review the information on the Ready to Complete page, and click Finish.

8

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