Boot to cd esx3.5

itdaddyitdaddy Senior MemberMember Posts: 2,089 ■■■■□□□□□□
hey guys I am a moron
I forgot how to boot into a vm once made with the Infrastructure client.
I believe we have 2.5 version.

I did this:

1. made vm
2. set the option on boot up to boot into BIOS set boot sequence
to boot to CD/ROM first then hard drive.
pressed F10 to save
3. boots to virtual network card hit ctrl C breaks
then says "no operating system found"

I remember hitting F12 or something to get me to boot from CD after this.
what am I missing it is something easy. I know what I did was right. I even set the delay to like 10,000 miliseconds.

what am I doing wrong? or missing I just want to boot into the cd so I can create the OS portion of the vm I know it is some key to boot like F12 or something isnt it? how far am I off guys!?
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  • kalebkspkalebksp Member Posts: 1,033 ■■■■■□□□□□
    Is the drive set to be connected at startup?
  • itdaddyitdaddy Senior Member Member Posts: 2,089 ■■■■□□□□□□
    you mean the cdrom right. i just click fast on the cdrom connection button. is there and edited setting? i need to hit. I just made the delay longer hoping it would boot into it once I set the bios to boot first to cdrom? i have never had issues before on other versions of vmware but i just did this like 2 months ago and i remember having to hit some key to get into booting from cd in additon to what i mentioned?
  • MentholMooseMentholMoose Senior Member Member Posts: 1,524 ■■■■■■■■□□
    If you set the CD-ROM to the highest boot priority in the VM BIOS, it should boot to the CD-ROM, assuming the disk or ISO is bootable and properly attached. Is the VM CD/DVD Drive configured to "Connect at power on", as per the attached screenshot?
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  • itdaddyitdaddy Senior Member Member Posts: 2,089 ■■■■□□□□□□
    menthol moose do I have to use an ISO and is it faster?
    so I convert say a windows xp sp2 cd to an ios and then
    i config it like you have it and then it will boot to the iso?

    so installing from cd scratch is no good. I am next to the machine anyways and can pop the xp cd into the drive. cant i just boot to the cd. How do I boot to cd not an iso image?

    I am sure it is some key that allows me to focus on floppy boot? I amtrying to boot to cd only right now..
  • astorrsastorrs Member Posts: 3,139 ■■■■■■□□□□
    itdaddy wrote: »
    cant i just boot to the cd. How do I boot to cd not an iso image?
    Select "Host Device" in the image Menthol posted and choose the cd-rom drive of the ESX host.
  • itdaddyitdaddy Senior Member Member Posts: 2,089 ■■■■□□□□□□
    thanks I did do that and nothing but as soon as I check Client
    and put the CD in the client machine with the Infrast. program on it
    booted right into CD. I know I booted from the esx server before.
    when I do I will explain what I did. I had to boot to cd a while back to crack
    a windows 2003 server password which my fired boss didnt tell me what the password was and we needed to get in thanks guys!
  • itdaddyitdaddy Senior Member Member Posts: 2,089 ■■■■□□□□□□
    what I did is resort to the Iso and and had to add a floppy driver
    for the scsi drive and it works great.

    i sware I could boot to the cd rom at one time and it worked fine
    okay got it thanks men!icon_thumright.gif
  • bwbecraftbwbecraft Registered Users Posts: 9 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Start the Guest VM and connect the cdrom drive. It will report "No OS Found" even after you have connected the device. With the VM still powered on send "ctrl-alt-insert" and the VM will try to boot again, this time the drive is already associated, and the disk is found. ...This is what works for me anyways...
  • itdaddyitdaddy Senior Member Member Posts: 2,089 ■■■■□□□□□□

    I will try that hey thanks man! I appreciate your help!
  • bwbecraftbwbecraft Registered Users Posts: 9 ■□□□□□□□□□
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