How Can I Mount a Local ISO Using vSphere/ESXi5.5+?
Before you can mount an ISO file using vSphere, you need to obtain that ISO and ensure it will be accessible where you are running the vSphere Web Client.
- Log in to your vSphere Web Client
- Make sure you have the ‘Client Integrations Plugin’ installed for your browser
- Note: The Client Integrations Plugin for Mac OSX currently has an unresolved issue: (http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2102191)
- Click on “vCenter” in the left navigation pane
- Then click on “VMs and Templates” in the left navigation pane
- Right-click the Virtual Machine you want to mount the ISO on in the left pane and select “Edit Settings”
- In the “Edit Settings” window, select “CD/DVD drive 1” and make sure it’s set to “Client Device”
- Power on the Virtual Machine
- Navigate to the ‘Summary’ tab for the Virtual Machine
- Click the small dropdown arrow next to ‘CD/DVD Drive 1’ and select ‘Connect to CD/DVD image on a local disk’
- Allow access if prompted
- The file browser will open; navigate to the ISO file you want to mount, select it, and then click ‘Open’ to attach it
- The device status for ‘CD/DVD Drive 1’ should now display ‘connected’
- Open the console (or log in remotely) to the VM and the mounted ISO is now available for use.
- You should disconnect the drive prior to restarting the virtual machine (it will automatically be disconnected during a restart as well)