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ISO images with ESX. Joseph Harnish. Manage CD access to guests. How do you manage CD/DVD rom access to your VM guests?. ISO images. Make your CDs and DVDs into ISO images (cdburnerXPpro)\ Share these images to your ESX servers. Sharing from Linux. NFS SAMBA. Sharing Via NFS.

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Iso images with esx

ISO images with ESX

Joseph Harnish


Manage cd access to guests
Manage CD access to guests

  • How do you manage CD/DVD rom access to your VM guests?


Iso images
ISO images

  • Make your CDs and DVDs into ISO images (cdburnerXPpro)\

  • Share these images to your ESX servers



Sharing via nfs
Sharing Via NFS

  • Create an NFS share on Linux

    • Edit /etc/exports and put your path to the ISOs along with permissions

    • /data/iso *(ro,sync)

  • Restart the NFS processes.


Sharing via samba
Sharing Via Samba

  • Edit your /etc/samba/smb.conf

  • Add

    • [ISOs]

    • comment = iso files

    • path = /data/iso/

    • public = Yes

    • create mask = 0600

    • browseable = Yes

    • read only = Yes

  • Restart the Samba server.


Sharing via windows share
Sharing Via Windows Share

  • Right click on the folder holding your ISOs and select properties.

  • Pick the Sharing Tab

  • Give the share an easy name

  • Set the permission to your liking.


On your esx server nfs
On your ESX server (NFS)

  • To use NFS put the following into your /etc/fstab on your esx servers:

    • servername:/data/iso /iso nfs timeo=14,intr

  • Make a /iso directory on your server

  • Run: mount /iso


On your esx server
On your ESX server

  • To use Samba or a Windows share:

  • Create a /iso directory

  • If you made the share Public you can use the following command on your ESX server

  • smbmount //server/share /iso


Reasoning
Reasoning

  • No need to put in CDs

  • Don’t need a bunch of space on all your hosts.

  • Fairly easy to manage.


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