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Mount ISO

Mount an Optical Disk Image File on a Virtual Machine

An optical disk image file is often called an ISO; from the International Organization for Standards (ISO) for the disk format, ISO 9667, and from the file extension most often used, .iso. Because the optical disk is a common distribution medium for software and given the lack of a physical optical disk on a virtual machine, the optical disk image file is a convenient alternative to install software to a virtual machine.

In addition to installing application software, an optical disk image file can also be used to install an operating system to a blank virtual machine.

Note: You must abide by the rules described in the article, Can I replace IBM software licenses with my own?, when installing operating systems to blank virtual machines.

Mount the ISO

You can mount an optical disk image file to a virtual machine using PlugIn Console Window and directly from Infinicenter Console.

PlugIn Console Window

You can mount ISO images to your virtual machine's guest operating system from the virtual machine's console window. To mount an optical disk image file to a virtual machine, you must first connect to the virtual machine.

To mount an ISO image from the plugin console window:

  1. Click CD/DVD drop-down icon.
  2. Select Connect to CD/DVD image on a local disk.
  3. Click Mount.
  4. The Open image window appears.

  5. Select the desired optical disk image file.
  6. Click Open.

If the virtual machine has a guest operating system, the optical disk image is now available to the guest operating system and you can use the image file as you would use a disk in an attached CD or DVD drive.

Directly Infinicenter Console

To mount ISO images, first you have to Upload the ISO image to the catalog and then mount the ISO image to the desired virtual machine.

To upload the ISO image to the catalog, see Upload the ISO.

To mount the ISO image to the virtual machine:

  1. Click Environments.
  2. Select an Environment.
  3. Click Devices.
  4. Select a compute pool.
  5. Select a virtual machine.
  6. Click, Icon: pane expand, to expand the Selected pane.
  7. Click Administrative Tasks.
  8. Click Mount ISO.
  9. The Mount ISO dialog appears.

  10. Select an ISO image.
  11. Click OK.
  12. You can now see the ISO image with the Size and Expires time in ISO File field, in the selected pane Details tab.

    Note: If the image remains mounted on virtual machines at the Expires date and time, the image is forcibly unmounted from the virtual machines.

If the virtual machine has a guest operating system, the optical disk image is now available to the guest operating system and you can use the image file as you would use a disk in an attached CD or DVD drive.

To unmount the ISO image:

  1. Select the virtual machine from which you want to unmount the ISO.
  2. Click, Icon: pane expand, to expand the Selected pane.
  3. Click Administrative Tasks.
  4. Click Unmount ISO.
  5. The Confirmation dialog appears.

  6. Click OK.

Reboot for Operating System Installations

To install an operating system on a blank virtual machine, you must reboot the virtual machine after mounting the optical disk image file to force it to boot from the ISO.

To reboot the virtual machine.

  1. Click Ctrl+Alt+Del.
  2. The virtual machine shuts down and then boots from the optical disk image file.

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