Here another quick post about a PowerCli cmdlet.
First, you must be aware that the
New-CDDrive and the
Remove-CDDrive cmdlet are just to add and remove the “physically virtual” device.
On the other hand, you add(=load) and remove(=unload) an ISO file with the
Set-CDDrive cmdlet, and we are using this cmdlet in the current post.
To connect an ISO to your VM
First, you have to find the path to your ISO file.
Please note that the path is case sensitive!
Get-ChildItemcmdlet associated to the vmstore provider.
Get-ChildItem -Path vmstore:\
Once you found the file, display all properties with the
Get-ChildItem -Path vmstore:\DataCenterName\DataStoreName\SubfolderName\file.iso | Format-List
Watch out for a property named DatastoreFullPath. This is the relative path you will provide to the cmdlet in order to connect an ISO file.
Now you can connect the ISO file with the
Get-VM -Name Computer1 | Get-CDDrive| Set-CDDrive -Connected $true -IsoPath '[DataStoreName] SubfolderName\file.iso'
If you want, you can also configure the ISO file to be connected when the VM is starting.
Get-VM -Name Computer1 | Get-CDDrive| Set-CDDrive -Connected $true -IsoPath '[DataStoreName] SubfolderName\file.iso' -StartConnected $true
To disconnect an ISO from your VM
Get-VM -Name Computer1 | Get-CDDrive| Set-CDDrive -Connected $false
The ISO file is still “registered” in the drive’s settings but the VM’s guest operating system doesn’t see any CD/DVD anymore.
To remove an ISO from your VM
Please note that the VM must be powered off for the cmdlet to succeed.
Get-VM -Name Computer1 | Get-CDDrive| Set-CDDrive -NoMedia
Connect the VMware tools ISO file
This can be done with the
Get-VM -Name Computer1 | Get-CDDrive| Set-CDDrive -Connected $true -IsoPath ' /usr/lib/vmware/isoimages/windows.iso'
However, there is a dedicated cmdlet to achieve this:
Get-VM -Name Computer1 | Mount-Tools
And to disconnect the WMware tools ISO file there is another dedicated cmdlet:
Get-VM -Name Computer1 | Dismount-Tools
What’s interesting with these two cmdlets is that, when you have already connected another ISO file, the VMware tools ISO file overlays the current ISO file, which you get back when you dismount the VMware tools ISO file.