You can connect the CD/DVD device to a physical DVD or CD device on the system from which you access the vSphere Web Client.

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

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

5

Select the Client Device under Device Type.

6

Select the mode used for the connection.

Passthrough IDE (raw). Use mode only for remote client device access.

Emulate IDE. Use to access a host CD-ROM device.

The host CD device is accessed through emulation mode. Passthrough mode is not functional for local host CD access. You can write or burn a remote CD only through pass-through mode access, but in emulation mode you can only read a CD-ROM from a host CD-ROM device.

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

8

Click OK.