Need to get an ISO file to a new VMWare Server?

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Ever had to get an ISO file on a VMWare server that was new?  Here are two ways to move ISO files to new (Blank) VMWare systems.  Both methods require a properly configured VMWare system with properly configured networking.

 

The first method:  Use an external NFS mount.  Use this method when a customer uses NFS in the environment and there are large amounts of VMWare hosts running in the environment.

VMWare Storage

  1. Log in to the vSphere Client and select the VMWare host from the Inventory panel.
  2. Click the Configuration tab and click Storage in the Hardware panel.
  3. Click Datastores and click Add Storage.
  4. Select Network File System as the storage type and click Next.
  5. Enter the server name, the mount point folder name, and the datastore name.
  6. For the server name, you can enter an IP address, a DNS name, or an NFS UUID.

 

*Note: Use the same server name for each VMWare host.

 

The second method:  Use the VMWare datastore browser. 

VMWare datastore

  1. Log in to the vSphere Client and select the VMWare host from the Inventory panel.
  2. In the inventory, click Datastores and on the Objects tab, select the datastore to which you will upload the file.
  3. Click Browse this datastore.
  4. (Optional) Click the Create a new folder icon.
  5. Select the folder that you created or select an existing folder, and click the Upload a File icon (Upload file to datastore).
  6. If the Client Integration Access Control dialog box appears, click Allow to allow the plug-in to access your operating system and proceed with the file upload.VMWare Datastore
  7. On the local computer, find the ISO file and upload it.
  8. ISO upload times vary, depending on file size and network upload speed.
  9. Refresh the datastore file browser to see the uploaded file in the list.

 

*Note:  I have had issues with incomplete uploads when trying to use this method over a WAN.

 

After you upload the ISO image installation media, you can configure the virtual machine CD-ROM drive to access the ISO file that was uploaded.

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