You can upload an ISO image file to a datastore from your local computer. You can do this when a virtual machine, host, or cluster does not have access to a datastore or to a shared datastore that has the guest operating system installation media that you require.


Required privileges:
  • Datastore.Browse datastore on the datastore.
  • Datastore.Low level file operations on the datastore.


  1. From the Home menu, select Storage.
  2. In the Navigator, expand the vCenter Server tree and locate the datastore where you will upload the file.
  3. Click the Files tab and select an existing folder.
  4. (Optional) To create a new folder, click the Create a new folder icon.
  5. Click the Upload a File to the Datastore icon (Upload file to datastore) and browse to the file to upload.
    ISO upload times vary, depending on file size and network upload speed.
  6. (Optional) To see the uploaded file in the list, refresh the datastore file browser.

What to do next

After you upload the ISO image installation media, you can configure the virtual machine CD-ROM drive to access the file.