To install a guest operating system and its applications on a new virtual machine, you can connect the CD/DVD device to an ISO file that is stored on a datastore accessible to the host.

If an ISO image file is not available on a local or shared datastore, upload an ISO image to a datastore from your local system by using the datastore file browser. See Upload ISO Image Installation Media for a Guest Operating System.

1

Right-click the virtual machine and select Edit Settings.

a

To locate a virtual machine, select a datacenter, folder, cluster, resource pool, host, or vApp.

b

Click the Related Objects tab and click Virtual Machines.

2

Expand CD/DVD drive, and select Datastore ISO File from the drop-down menu.

3

Browse to select the file and click OK.

4

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

5

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

6

Click OK.

7

Turn on the virtual machine.

8

Click Edit and select Connected next to the datastore ISO file to connect the device.

9

Click OK.