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  • 1.  Installing a new VM from usb

    Posted Jan 27, 2021 09:42 PM

    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



  • 2.  RE: Installing a new VM from usb

    Broadcom Employee
    Posted Jan 27, 2021 09:52 PM

     

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

     



  • 3.  RE: Installing a new VM from usb

    Posted Jan 27, 2021 10:05 PM

    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



  • 4.  RE: Installing a new VM from usb
    Best Answer

    Broadcom Employee
    Posted Jan 27, 2021 10:23 PM

     

    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.

     



  • 5.  RE: Installing a new VM from usb

    Posted Jan 27, 2021 10:32 PM

    Hi Scott,

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

    Rick



  • 6.  RE: Installing a new VM from usb

    Posted Jan 27, 2021 10:37 PM

    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



  • 7.  RE: Installing a new VM from usb

    Posted Jan 27, 2021 10:41 PM

    Hi Scott,

    I found where to attach it.

    Thanks,

    Rick