You can connect the CD/DVD device to a physical DVD or CD device that resides on the host.

You cannot use vMotion to migrate virtual machines that have CD drives that are backed by the physical CD drive on the host. You must disconnect these devices before you migrate the virtual machine.

When you add a CD/DVD drive that is backed by a USB CD/DVD drive on the host, you must add the drive as a SCSI device. Hot adding and removing SCSI devices is not supported.

Ensure that the host is powered off before you add USB CD/DVD devices.


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.


In the VM Hardware panel, click Edit Settings.


Click Virtual Hardware.


Click the triangle next to the CD/DVD drive to expand the drive options.


In the Device Type drop-down menu, select Host Device.


If there is more than one device available on the host, select the device.


In the Virtual Device Node drop-down menu, select the node the drive uses in the virtual machine.


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


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


Click OK.