shannonadams
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Boot from ISO to upgrade Linux: Part 2

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VMware ESX Server version 3.5.0

I am booting from a FC8 ISO file (Data Store 2 folder) to perform upgrade on a VM running FC4. I go through the upgrade questions fine until I get to "What type of media contains the packages to be install?" My choices are Local CDROM, Hard drive, NFS, FTP, and HTTP. No matter what I select, I cannot figure out how to point it to my ISO file. It is in my Data Store 2 folder, as well as on the local hard drive under /root/Desktop. If I choose Hard drive, choose /dev/sda1. and put /root/Desktop as the "directory holding the images" - it returns "Failed to read /tmp/hdimage//root/Desktop - No such directory or file".

What option do I select? Is it wanting me to point to the ISO file? If so, how do I do that?

Thanks,

Shannon

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Texiwill
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Hello,

Use 'Local CDROM' as your ISO is being mounted by the VM as a CDROM. To boot from the ISO you must first tell the VM to use the ISO as a CDROM image via 'Edit Settings' on the VM. This is independent of the Linux guest.


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Edward L. Haletky

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Texiwill
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Hello,

Use 'Local CDROM' as your ISO is being mounted by the VM as a CDROM. To boot from the ISO you must first tell the VM to use the ISO as a CDROM image via 'Edit Settings' on the VM. This is independent of the Linux guest.


Best regards,

Edward L. Haletky

VMware Communities User Moderator

====

Author of the book 'VMWare ESX Server in the Enterprise: Planning and Securing Virtualization Servers', Copyright 2008 Pearson Education. As well as the Virtualization Wiki at http://www.astroarch.com/wiki/index.php/Virtualization

--
Edward L. Haletky
vExpert XIV: 2009-2022,
VMTN Community Moderator
vSphere Upgrade Saga: https://www.astroarch.com/blogs
GitHub Repo: https://github.com/Texiwill
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shannonadams
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Ok, here are the steps I am following:

1. Edit virtual machine settings (for FC4 VM).

2. Click on CD/DVD drive.

3. Check "connect at power on"

4. Select Datastore ISO file and point to "[Data Store 2] F-8-i386-DVD.iso

5. Power on VM.

6. Boots from FC8 and starts installation program.

7. I select "Install or upgrade an existing system".

8. Select language, keyboard, and then get to installation method - "what type of media contains the packages to be installed".

9. I select first option - Local CDROM. It returns - "The Fedora CD was not found in any of your CDROM drives. Please insert the Fedora CD..."

I have tried the "Hard drive" option, but it certainly not clear how to get to to point to the ISO file. Thanks for your help as I am stuck.

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kjb007
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Have you verified the iso to make sure it is good? Copy the contents of the ISO to your hard drive, and then try the local hard drive option. If you don't expand your ISO, then mounting it is your only option. Otherwise, you can expand the ISO on an NFS or HTTP server, or locally on a filesystem, and pick the folder during the install.

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Texiwill
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Hello,

Ok, here are the steps I am following:

1. Edit virtual machine settings (for FC4 VM).

2. Click on CD/DVD drive.

3. Check "connect at power on"

4. Select Datastore ISO file and point to "[Data Store 2] F-8-i386-DVD.iso

5. Power on VM.

6. Boots from FC8 and starts installation program.

7. I select "Install or upgrade an existing system".

8. Select language, keyboard, and then get to installation method - "what type of media contains the packages to be installed".

9. I select first option - Local CDROM. It returns - "The Fedora CD was not found in any of your CDROM drives. Please insert the Fedora CD..."

The above has always worked for me. It sounds like your Fedora 8 ISO is corrupt. After boot up there is a step between 6 and 7 you are missing. I would do the 'CDROM check' to ensure it is fine.

I have tried the "Hard drive" option, but it certainly not clear how to get to to point to the ISO file. Thanks for your help as I am stuck.

It is Local CDROM you want to use..... Verify the ISO first.


Best regards,

Edward L. Haletky

VMware Communities User Moderator

====

Author of the book 'VMWare ESX Server in the Enterprise: Planning and Securing Virtualization Servers', Copyright 2008 Pearson Education. As well as the Virtualization Wiki at http://www.astroarch.com/wiki/index.php/Virtualization

--
Edward L. Haletky
vExpert XIV: 2009-2022,
VMTN Community Moderator
vSphere Upgrade Saga: https://www.astroarch.com/blogs
GitHub Repo: https://github.com/Texiwill