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

Before you begin

  • Verify that the virtual machine is turned on.

  • Verify that the Client Integration Plug-In is installed.

About this task

By default, passthrough IDE mode is used for remote client device access. You can write or burn a remote CD only through passthrough mode access.


  1. Right-click a virtual machine in the inventory and click the Summary tab.
  2. In the VM Hardware pane, 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.