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.


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 CD/DVD drive options.


Select the Client Device under Device Type.


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.


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


Click OK.