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.
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: 18.104.22.1681065 and VMware Client Support Plug-in - Version: 22.214.171.124167
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.
- Select the virtual machine in the vSphere Client inventory.
- Click the USB icon on the virtual machine toolbar.
- Select an available device from the Connect to USB Devices drop-down menu
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.
- Right-click on the virtual machine you want to edit in the Inventory view.
- Click Edit Settings > Options > Boot Options.
- Set the Power-on Boot Delay or select Force BIOS Setup.