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

Select a virtual machine.

In the virtual machines and templates inventory tree, select a group of virtual machines and select a virtual machine from the list on the right.

Search for a virtual machine and select it from the search results list.

2

In the VM Hardware panel, click Edit Settings.

3

Click Virtual Hardware.

4

From the Add a device drop-down menu, select Floppy Drive and click Add device.

The new floppy drive appears in the virtual devices list above.

5

Click the triangle next to the floppy device to expand the drive options.

6

Select the device type to use for this virtual device.

Option

Description

Client Device

Select this option to connect the floppy device to a physical floppy device or a .flp floppy image on the system from which you access the vSphere Web Client.

Existing File

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 new 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.

7

(Optional) Select or deselect the Connected check box to connect or disconnect the device.

8

Select Connect At Power On to connect the device when the virtual machine powers on.

9

Click OK.