How to disconnect an ISO image from a VM

How do you disconnect an ISO image from a virtual machine?

Last Updated on 27th April 2022

Objective

If an ISO is connected to a VM, the VM cannot be migrated, either manually or automatically. This can prevent DRS from working properly, and the host to be put in maintenance mode.

Requirements

Instructions

If you simply untick the Connected checkbox in the ISO File datastore, the VM is still linked to the ISO:

Disconnect

To disconnect the ISO from the VM, first click the dropdown arrow next to CD/DVD drive 1 and select Client Device.

Disconnect

The ISO is now disconnected:

Disconnect

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