Couldn't you use the VI client and mount your local cd-rom to install the drivers into the guest?
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Nice try, but definately no cigar...
1) VI Client requires the networking drivers to be operational to be able to work - The whole issue here is to access the driver CD from the HOST
2) The issue is with the HOST and not the guest
the question here is how can we access USB CDROM in host in 4.1? i guess we need to disable some services in COS.
related to esxi3.5
To find the device reference of your CDROM:
Runtime Name: vmhba32:C0:T0:L0
Device Display Name: Local TEAC CD-ROM (mpx.vmhba32:C0:T0:L0)
Load the iso9660 module with this command:
Mount the CDROM using the device determined earlier with esxcfg-mpath -l:
/sbin/vsish -e set /vmkModules/iso9660/mount mpx.vmhba32:C0:T0:L0
The CDROM will be mounted under /vmfs/volumes/ [CDROM Label] /
Proof in the pudding
Am new to this but was attempting to update oem.tgz as per "vm-help.com" to update or add realtek 8168 drivers
~ # ls
altbootbank dev lib64 opt sbin tmp vmfs
bin etc local.tgz proc scratch usr vmimages
bootbank lib locker productLocker store var vmupgrade
~ # cd bootbank
TO COPY OEM.TGZ FROM CDROM TO BOOTBANK (FOUND BIG SIZE DIFFERENCE) SO SAVED FROM CDROM TO OEM.BAK, am thinking I need to append the 2 oem.tgz files but can't from console.
/vmfs/volumes/df78d378-153310d7-298d-535268d8ee4f # cp /vmfs/volumes/mpx.vmhba32:C0:T0:L0/OEM.TGZ /vmfs/volumes/df78d378-153310d7-298d-535268d8ee4f/oem.tgz