Take the 2-minute tour ×
Server Fault is a question and answer site for professional system and network administrators. It's 100% free, no registration required.

What purpose does having a virtual floppy drive on a guest in ESX serve?

Is there a way to configure ESX by default to NOT include such a device? It's annoying to have to remove it by hand once a new VM is ready to be provisioned.

share|improve this question

3 Answers 3

up vote 8 down vote accepted

I've used it to kickstart older versions of RedHat that didn't readily support network kickstarts (or where setting up that infrastructure - DHCP, web server, etc wasn't feasible)

Also older Windows installs where you need to provide disk drivers and your only option is to use and F6 floppy.

The only way i can think of to remove it by default is to create a template virtual machine that has the device removed, then deploy from that template.

share|improve this answer
1  
+1 for F6 and for recommending templates. –  jscott Apr 12 '10 at 19:56
1  
Note with ESX 4, there's support for IDE disks in XP VMs, so no more need for the floppy drive for that. –  xenny Apr 12 '10 at 20:20
    
that'll do :) ..thanks for the background –  warren Apr 13 '10 at 1:14

It's a handy general purpose boot option for troubleshooting older OS's. As others have said the addition of IDE Disk support with ESX 4 removes some of the usefulness but it certainly had its place - I've got a couple of really small appliances that boot from floppy images.

I agree that it shouldn't be included by default - it's wasteful and of no use whatsoever on most VM's.

share|improve this answer

I've only used a floppy for setup on Windows XP guests, to install the LSI SCSI driver.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.