I have an ISO image on my VMware ESX 3.5 host that I would like to mount in a guest OS. I cannot figure out how to do this. I can easily mount an ISO image with the VMware Infrastructure Client's "Connect CD/DVD" button (that also allows you to mount the local workstation's CD drives), but that button only allows you to reference files from the point of view of the client workstation, which means I'd be accessing that image over the network, which I don't want to do, and I want it to be independent of VIC because it constantly crashes.
Update: I see now that if I edit the guest OS's settings where the CD drive itself is defined, I can mount a datastore-located ISO from there.
Isn't there some way I can log into the host OS and mount/present the image to a guest OS without having to interact with a GUI?
Update 2: I must be an idiot today. I've tried the vmware-cmd utility and I can't get it to work.
# vmware-cmd /vmfs/volumes/<blah>/<host>/<host>.vmx disconnectdevice ide0:0 Error executing the command "disconnectdevice" Run /usr/bin/vmware-cmd -h to see usage information. VMControl error -5: Not connected
I get the same thing if I try to connect the device.