rweisernj1
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Hi,

I am don't have a CD/DVD drive on my ESXi Server and new to install a VM using a bootable USB drive with Windows 2016 install loaded.  I configure the VM and then need start the install but the boot options don't include USB.

Am I doing something wrong?

Thanks,

Rick

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scott28tt
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@rweisernj1 

Yes it does make sense, every VM has a CD/DVD drive that you can either attach to a physical drive if your host has one or to an ISO image file on any accessible datastore. Edit the settings of any VM and you’ll see what I referred to.

The most common way of installing an OS in a VM is to upload an ISO to a datastore, connect the VM’s CD drive to that ISO, and power on the VM.

 


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scott28tt
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@rweisernj1 

Attaching an ISO image file to the CD/DVD drive of the VM is usually the best method of installing a guest OS inside.

 


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Hi Scott,

This doesn't make sense.  I don't have a CD/DVD drive to attach to.  And this is for installing a new VM in ESXi.

Rick

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scott28tt
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@rweisernj1 

Yes it does make sense, every VM has a CD/DVD drive that you can either attach to a physical drive if your host has one or to an ISO image file on any accessible datastore. Edit the settings of any VM and you’ll see what I referred to.

The most common way of installing an OS in a VM is to upload an ISO to a datastore, connect the VM’s CD drive to that ISO, and power on the VM.

 


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rweisernj1
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Hi Scott,

I am new to ESXi. I don't see where I can upload the ISO to the datastore.

Rick

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rweisernj1
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Hi Scott,

I found where I can upload the ISO.  Now I just need to figure out how to attach it a new VM.

Rick

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rweisernj1
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Hi Scott,

I found where to attach it.

Thanks,

Rick

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