I'm not able to mount an ISO image on the local hard drive within the vSphere Web Client 5.5. Is that even possible with the web client? I have two possibilities: connect with the CD drive of the host or mounting an image on the datastore.
it's possible. Go to the Summary tab of the VM where you want to moun the ISO.
On the CD/DVD Drive click the little plug icon on the right and then you have the option to mount an iso from local disk.
This is only possible when you have the client integration plug in installed.
Configure a Datastore ISO File for the CD/DVD Drive in the vSphere Web Client
To install a guest operating system and its applications on a new virtual machine, you can connect the CD/DVD device to an ISO file that is stored on a datastore accessible to the host.
If an ISO image file is not available on a local or shared datastore, upload an ISO image to a datastore from your local system by using the datastore file browser.
Right-click the virtual machine and select Edit Settings.
Expand CD/DVD drive, and select Datastore ISO File from the drop-down menu.
In the Virtual Device Node drop-down menu, select the node that the drive uses in the virtual machine.
(Optional) Select Connect At Power On to connect the device when the virtual machine powers on.
Click Edit and select Connected next to the datastore ISO file to connect the device.
Curiosly I don't have the option to connect the CD/DVD drive with an image file although I installed the integration plug-in. I'm using Windows 7 with the latest version of Google Chrome (34.0.1847.131 m).
So am I.
Is the VM you are trying this on powered on? I think it's not possible when it's powered off.
Yes, the VM is powered on
And in Google Chrome there are two plug-ins loaded: VMware Remote Console Plug-in - Version: 22.214.171.1241065 and VMware Client Support Plug-in - Version: 126.96.36.199167
Perhaps a bug like on Mac OS X? VMware KB: Unable to mount ISO image to a virtual machine using vSphere Web Client on Mac OS X
Verify that you have the proper permissions to perform the task.
As DCShen said, this could be permission related.
Try running the browser as an administrator.
Are you a local admin on the windows 7 client?
I had the same issue. If you power on the new instance then you'll be able to select an ISO-Image to mount from your local drive.
when creating a new VM in vsphere client 6.x Do Not use Compatibility Version 6 or later. Use 5.1 or later. Then you will be able to map to the vcenter server local files.
Reason this happens is unknown to me. But it works.
Only when installed VMware Remote Console Plug-in, then open console with VMware remote console, then connect to Disk Image (iso) is available
This is tested on version 6.5. In vsphere 6.7 it looks like they fixed it
Another solution is to install the USB controller and copy the ISO to a USB key. Insert the USB stick in the USB port on the ESXi Server.
In the Virtual machine open the USB drive and get your ISO image.
If instead you need to install a new virtual machine from an ISO image, you need to enter the bios of the new VM and set the boot from USB. Turn on the vm and it will start from ISO via USB.
Local iso image can be mount by "VMRC Remote Console"
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Use powercli (its not the web client but should work)
New-CDDrive -VM $vm -ISOPath "Path_to_ISO\test.iso"
Creates a CD drive on the specified virtual machine and attach an ISO image to it.