You can connect the CD/DVD device to an ISO file that is stored on a datastore accessible to the host.


  1. In the vSphere Client inventory, right-click the virtual machine and select Edit Settings.
  2. Click the Hardware tab and select the CD/DVD drive.
  3. Select or deselect the Connected check box to connect or disconnect the device.
  4. If you do not want the CD-ROM drive connected when the virtual machine starts, deselect Connect at power on.
  5. Select Datastore ISO File under Device Type and click Browse to navigate to the file.
  6. In the drop-down menu under Virtual Device Node, select the node the drive uses in the virtual machine.
  7. Click OK to save your changes.