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I am trying to install a Windows 7 on an empty virtual machine with the VMware Infrastucture Client. Because I do not have the image on the Datastore, I am looking for an alternative.

Is there another way of installing an operating system from an ISO File without using Datastore ISO file?

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The ISO File is on another computer. I tried to use "Client Device" and tried to connect the CD/DVD to the ISO Image file immediately after starting the Machine with no success. –  Rookian Jan 20 '12 at 13:34

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You can use anywhere your client can access. I keep an external hard drive for my laptop that contains duplicates of all my installers. Network locations work as well but it generally slows down the install process (share -> client -> server).

This is done with the same icon used to connect a datastore ISO. I believe that the client needs to be run with admin rights to see them however.

EDIT - see attached image.

How To Attach Client Drive

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The options I can see are: Client Device, Host Device and Datastore ISO file. –  Rookian Jan 20 '12 at 13:36
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You should be seeing the 'connect to ISO image on local disk..' option. If not (and you are running running on a Vista or higher OS) you need to run the client with admin rights to see the extra option. I'm assuming that you are running at least ESX 4.0, right? –  Tim Brigham Jan 20 '12 at 14:39

You can use the Datastore ISO file option. My really problem was that the console window was completely white. The problem I had is described in the following link: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1026153

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