To install a guest operating system and its applications or other media on a virtual machine, you connect the CD/DVD device to a physical DVD or CD device on the system from which you access the vSphere Web Client

Verify that the virtual machine is turned on.

Verify that the Client Integration Plug-In is installed.


Select a datacenter, folder, cluster, resource pool, host, or vApp and click the Related Objects tab.


Click Virtual Machines and select a virtual machine from the list and click it.


Click the Manage tab, and click the CD/DVD drive connection icon.


Select an available drive to connect to, and browse for the CD/DVD media.

An Access Control dialog box opens. Click allow to proceed. To change your selection, click the connection icon, select Disconnect, and select a different option.


(Optional) Click Edit, expand CD/DVD drive, and select the mode to use for the connection.



Passthrough IDE

Use only for remote client device access. You can write or burn a remote CD only through passthrough mode access.

Emulate IDE

Use to access a local host CD-ROM device. In emulation mode, you can only read a CD-ROM from a local host CD-ROM device.


(Optional) To change the device node from the default, select a new mode from the Virtual Device Node drop-down menu.


Click OK.


Turn on the virtual machine, click Edit, and select Connected next to the datastore ISO file to connect the device.