How to Mount ISO to Virtual Machine with vSphere

In this post, we will discuss how to mount ISO to VMware VM with vSphere Client.


By Crystal / Updated on March 10, 2023

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Mount ISO Image to Virtual Machine

An ISO file is a software installation kit that administrators can use to copy data to a disk, such as a CD or DVD. In virtual environments, the ISO file functions as the disk. You can mount ISO to VMware VM whenever any upgrade or installation on a virtual machine is done by using an installable that is stored as part of an ISO file.

Mounting an ISO file to VM in vSphere streamlines the installation process and cut down on the steps needed to boot the VM from the virtual disc. This article describes how to mount an ISO to your virtual machine with the vSphere Client.

How to Mount ISO to VMware Virtual Machine in vSphere

Before you can mount a local ISO using vSphere, you need to download the complete and appropriate ISO file from the VMware website.

Steps to mount ISO to ESXi virtual machine:

1. Log into VMware vSphere Client.

Note: You should log in with administrator privileges.

2. In the left navigation pane, right-click the VM and select Edit Settings.

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3. In the Virtual Machine Properties window, click CD/DVD Drive 1 and select your ISO file.

4. In the Device Type section, select Client Device, and then click OK to save the changes.

select iso file

5. Start the VM before you mount the ISO. You could right-click the VM and select Power > Power On.

7. In the top menu, click the CD-ROM icon, and then select CD/DVD Drive 1 > Connect to ISO image on the local disk.

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Schedule Backup for vCenter Virtual Machines from Central Console

1. Bind Devices: Access to AOMEI Cyber Backup web client, navigate to Source Device > VMware > + Add VMware Device to Add vCenter or Standalone ESXi host. And then click > Bind Device.

add vmware esxi device

2. Create Backup Task: Navigate to Backup Task > + Create New Task, and select VMware ESXi Backup as the Backup Type.

3. Set the Task Name, Device, Target, Schedule and Cleanup as needed.

  • Task Name: you can change the task name or use the default name with an ordinal.
  • Device: batch backup multiple VMs on vCenter or standalone host within one backup task.
  • Target: select to back up to a local path, or to a network path like NAS.
  • Schedule (optional): perform full, differential, or incremental backup, and automate execution according to the frequency you specified.
  • Cleanup (optional): automatically delete the old backup copies that exceed the retention period you specified.

4. Run Backup: Now you can click Start Backup and select Add the schedule and start backup now, or Add the schedule only.

create vmware backup

Created backup tasks will be listed and monitored separately for restoring, progress checking and schedule changing.

By selecting Restore to new location option, you can create a new VM in the same or another datastore/host directly from the backup to perform out-of-spacre recovery, saves the trouble of re-configuring the new VM.

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VMware users might need to mount an ISO image to a VMware virtual machine for some reason. This article offers the detailed steps to help users to use virtual CD/DVD drive.

By the way, don’t forget to back up VM with AOMEI Cyber Backup.

Crystal · Editor
Crystal is an editor from AOMEI Technology. She mainly writes articles about virtual machine. She is a positive young lady likes to share articles with peolpe. Off work she loves travelling and cooking which is wonderful for life.