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Is there an easy way to install software located on a .iso file to a remote server which does not provide to me access to the DVD Drive?

I have a license for SQL Server 2008 Web Edition through WebsiteSpark and need to install it on my remote VPS using Windows Server 2008 R2.

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7-zip allows you to open an ISO file and extract its contents as if it were a zip file.

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Bingo! Thanks for the quick solution! –  wrburgess Feb 7 '10 at 4:17
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Not always the best solution but remote desktop allows you to use your local cd/dvd drives (and virtual cd drives) as if they were local to the remote server. Check your remote desktop preferences to enable this.

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Interesting. I'll try that next time. –  wrburgess Feb 9 '10 at 19:04
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You know Microsoft gives away a Virtual CD driver? Easy to use and lets you mount any ISO to look just like any other drive.

http://download.microsoft.com/download/7/b/6/7b6abd84-7841-4978-96f5-bd58df02efa2/winxpvirtualcdcontrolpanel_21.exe

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I don't think this is available anymore :( –  Mark Aug 26 '12 at 3:55
    
I fear you're correct. Damned shame. –  Chris_K Aug 28 '12 at 23:14
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Daemon Tools will let you assign a drive letter to an ISO file.

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You can use any program that can extract the contents of the ISO file, or alternatively, can mount the ISO file in a virtual CD\DVD drive. MagicISO or ISOBuster are two of the programs that I use.

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