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Thread: HowTo: VMware Player and .iso files

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Ubuntu 6.06

    HowTo: VMware Player and .iso files

    Since VMware Player doesn't allow you to change where the CD-Rom is connected to like Workstation does, you lose the ability to connect to different .iso files while the virtual machine is running.

    The solution here is to create a second CD-ROM device in your .vmx file and have that device pointed to a symbolic link. This allows you to disconnect the 2nd CD-ROM, change the symbolic link, and reconnect the CD-ROM. Your new .iso gets mounted.

    Here's the code to add if you have a more or less "standard" .vmx file:

    # Settings for .iso CDROM drive
    ide1:1.present = "TRUE"
    ide1:1.startConnected = "FALSE"
    ide1:1.autodetect = "FALSE"
    ide1:1.deviceType = "cdrom-image"
    ide1:1.filename = "/home/user/myCD.iso"
    Then when you need to, use this code to change the symbolic link in a terminal:

    user@Ubuntu:~$ ln -s -f /media/FIRELITETWO/VMwareTools/linux.iso myCD.iso
    Just change the text I have in Red with the actual location of your .iso file.

    Hope this helps!!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2006

    Re: HowTo: VMware Player and .iso files

    Awesome tip - thanks! I knew there had to be a way around that limitation. Hooray for the power of linux!


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