7.5.5. ISO Files (CD/DVD Images)

Virtual machines have no access to the physical DVD or CD-ROM drive. You can assign virtual drives to virtual machines by offering ISO files containing the image of a DVD or CD-ROM. These image files can be found in the ISOs tab of the storage repository.

You can import ISO files from a web server into Oracle VM Manager. You can then select the installation media as an ISO file when you create a virtual machine. To create a virtual machine using an ISO file, see Section 7.7, “Creating a Virtual Machine”.

To be able to use an ISO file with your virtual machine you must first import the file into an appropriate storage repository, namely one that can be accessed by the server pool where the virtual machine is to be created. If your storage repository uses file-based storage, you can make repository available to multiple server pools, therefore making an ISO file available to multiple server pools. If you are using storage array-based storage, you can only make a repository available to a single server pool. Virtual machines can only access ISO files that have been assigned to the server pool to which they belong.

To import and make available an ISO file:

  1. Create or locate an ISO file that contains the disk image of the DVD or CD-ROM you want to make available to your virtual machines.

  2. Place the ISO file in a location accessible from your Oracle VM Manager host computer using either of these protocols: HTTP, HTTPS or FTP.

  3. In the Home view click Server Pools in the navigation pane, then open the Repositories tab in the management pane.

  4. Select the storage repository of your choice and open the ISOs tab below.

  5. Click Import to open the Import ISO dialog box. Select an Oracle VM Server from the Server list to perform the import, and enter the URL to the ISO file you want to import. The ISO file must be available via HTTP, HTTPS or FTP. For example, enter:


  6. Click OK to import the ISO file. When the import is complete, the ISO file appears in the table.

  7. Optionally, click Edit to change the name of the ISO file and add a description.

  8. To remove an ISO file from the storage repository, select it and click Delete.

  9. To use an ISO as a virtual DVD drive with your virtual machine, you must add the ISO file in the storage configuration of your virtual machine first, and possibly modify its boot configuration. For details, see Section 7.7, “Creating a Virtual Machine”.