Yesterday I installed a new Windows 2008 64bit server in our new vSphere 5 cluster. This machine is in a DMZ and it will be used for webservices (IIS).
A company want to install some software and we mount a CDROM from my Windows XP machine SP3. We installed the latest updates on ESXI5 servers and updated VMWare tools and running on version 8 hardware. I use the vSphere 5 client to connect to the cluster. When I open a CDROM on my XP computer and mount this CDROM to the virtual machine I can see the content of de CDROM, but wen I browse to a subfolder on de CDROM it is empty. When I open the same folder on my XP machine I see files in the subfolder.
I do not have this problem when I open a USB stick from my XP machine to the virtual machine. We used a workaround, copy the content from the CDROM to a USB stick and then install the software on the Windows 2008 machine.
Are there more people with the same problem? I know XP it is old school, but we use some old Novell product who not support Windows Vista or 7.
Could you try to use ISO instead of CDROM or use CDROM from another workstation or host? If it works the specific CDROM is the reason of the issue.
Using CD/DVDs, as you are, from across the network can be insanely slow and although it's supposed to work, many times just doesn't cut it. That's why ISOs have become so useful in a virtualized environment. Creating a shared datastore just for ISOs and templates is a common practice and should speed up the process.
If you must use optical media, try mounting it directly on the host so as to bypass the network.
It seems like that it is issue with the CD-Rom
Last month I was facing the same problem DVD rom can't read the file.
After change the DVD rom problem have been solve.
I think here is the same problem.
Cheers, Yours Udin