I've tried using two different DVD burners and my Windows 8.1 guest sees the drive and can read discs, but none of several apps I have recognize the drive as a burner (i.e. Nero and UltraISO). Am I just dealing with a compatibility issue, or is there a setting somewhere I'm missing. Here's some relevant details:
If this is believed to be a compatibility issue, can anyone recommend an internal DVD burner drive that would work with my guest?
Thanks in advance for any advice.
I'm confused, I didn't add as a client device. Isn't that for using the DVD burner on the laptop of my laptop that I'm using to connect to vSphere web console? If so, I don't want that.
To make sure I was clear, I have an ESXi host device that's a desktop class PC. On that pc, I have 2 DVD writer drives hooked up. One drive is an internal SATA LiteOn brand burner, and the other is an external USB portable HP brand burner. I'd be content with either drive working on my ESXi guest that's Windows 8.1. I also use a laptop to connect to the vSphere console, and I do NOT want to use the burner in the laptop. Here's what I tried specifically.
USB HP Burner
The same thing happens when I try selecting the internal SATA burner when I add the SCSI device in vSphere (listed as "CD/DVD ATAPI").
The same thing happens when I try alternatively to add either device as a CD/DVD drive in vSphere (instead of SCSI device).
Unless I'm missing a setting somewhere that will allow these drives to be fully recognized as burner drives, I'm starting to think neither drive is compatible (and would appreciate recommendations of a working brand/model if so).
Thanks again in advance for any advice.
Thanks for clarifying. Unfortunately I don't have access to my setup right now, so I'll refer you to a link which shows the steps you are following, along with the Pass through option I was talking about. That's for ESXi 5.1, but the options should be same for 5.0 and 5.5.
Hope that helps.
Thanks for those links. It appears, from what I can tell from them, that I'm using the right method to add the drive. I can't find the link, but I did see somewhere in the VMWare KB that adding the drive(s) as a SCSI device helps get past some issues as well, but doesn't seem to help any for my situation.
I should clarify one thing though, I don't have the option to emulate IDE when I set mine up:
I welcome any additional advice. If other folks are adding via the simple methods in your links, I'd be curious to know the make and model of the drive they're using.