In addition to configuring virtual machine CPU and Memory and adding a hard disk and virtual NICs, you can also add and configure virtual hardware, such as DVD/CD-ROM drives, floppy drives, and SCSI devices. Not all devices are available to add and configure. For example, you cannot add a video card, but you can configure available video cards and PCI devices.
Change the CD/DVD Drive Configuration in the vSphere Web Client You can configure DVD or CD devices to connect to client devices, host devices, or Datastore ISO files.
Add a CD or DVD Drive to a Virtual Machine in the vSphere Web Client You can use a physical drive on a client or host or you can use an ISO image to add a CD/DVD drive to a virtual machine. CD/DVD drives are necessary for installing a guest operating system and VMware Tools.
Change the Floppy Drive Configuration in the vSphere Web Client You can configure a virtual floppy drive device to connect to a client device or to an existing or new floppy image.
Add a Floppy Drive to a Virtual Machine in the vSphere Web Client Use a physical floppy drive or a floppy image to add a floppy drive to a virtual machine.
Change the SCSI Device Configuration in the vSphere Web Client You can change the physical device and configure the virtual device node. This is useful if you no longer need an existing device and want to connect to another device.
Add a SCSI Device to a Virtual Machine in the vSphere Web Client To use peripheral SCSI devices, such as printers or storage devices, you must add the device to the virtual machine. When you add a SCSI device to a virtual machine, you select the physical device to connect to and the virtual device node.
Add a PCI Device in the vSphere Web Client vSphere DirectPath I/O allows a guest operating system on a virtual machine to directly access physical PCI and PCIe devices connected to a host. This action gives you direct access to devices such as high-performance graphics or sound cards. You can connect each virtual machine to up to six PCI devices.
Configuring 3D Graphics When you create or edit a virtual machine, you can configure 3D graphics to take advantage of Windows AERO, CAD, Google Earth, and other 3D design, modeling, and multimedia applications. Before you enable 3D graphics, become familiar with the available options and requirements.