How to connect an ISO image to a VM

How do you connect an ISO image to a virtual machine?

Last Updated on 11th January 2022


You can set up an ISO library in your infrastructure to be used for OS and software deployment.

This guide will run you through the process of connectioning an ISO image to a VM.



Library Creation

In the vSphere interface menu, go to the Storage section.
Choose the Datastore you will be building the library in (prefer Shared Storage over Local to avoid file access issues).
In the Files tab, Click on New Folder.


After naming your folder (ISOs in our study case), select it and click Upload Files.


Browse to the ISO file(s) you wish to upload and click Open.


Your library is set. You can add more ISO images as you need and as storage space allows.


Connect Image to VM

In the vSphere interface menu, go to the Hosts & Clusters section.
Right click the VM you need the ISO image attached to and click on Edit Settings.


Change the CD/DVD drive setting to Datastore ISO File.


In the browsing window that pops up, navigate to the library previously created and select the image you wish to use.

Click on OK.


Back in the "Edit Settings" menu, make sure the "Connect" box is checked and click OK.


The ISO image is now connected to your VM and can be accessed as if it were an attached physical media.

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