You can connect a CD/DVD device on the virtual machine to a physical CD or DVD device that resides on the host. This is useful for installing guest operating systems, VMware Tools, or other applications on the virtual machine.

If you connect to media that does not require you to turn off the virtual machine, you can select the media to connect to from the CD/DVD drive connection icon on the virtual machine Summary tab.

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.

Verify that the virtual machine is turned off.

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

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.


Right-click the virtual machine and select Edit Settings.


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


Click the Related Objects tab and click Virtual Machines.


On the Virtual Hardware tab, expand CD/DVD and select Host Device from the drop-down menu.


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


If more than one type of CD/DVD media is available on the host, select the media.


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

The first available IDE node is selected by default. You do not typically need to change the default.


Click OK.


Turn the virtual machine on and click the Summary tab.

The connected CD/DVD device appears in the VM Hardware list.