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Creating Floppy Images (1739)

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I have an application that resides on a floppy diskette, and I need to distribute this application to the virtual machines that run on my ESX Server system. How do I create an image that the virtual machines can mount?

Solution

In ESX/ESXi 3.x and later versions:

To create a floppy image:
  1. For Windows, use a utility like WinImage (http://www.winimage.com/) to create a floppy image (filename.img). Rename this file so that it has a .flp file extension (filename.flp).

    For Linux, use dd. For example:
    dd if=/dev/fd0 of=filename.flp

    Note: The examples here use the .flp extension for consistency, but any extension can be used with the vSphere Client.

  2. Copy filename.flp to a datastore accessible to the ESX/ESXi host using the vSphere Client and Datastore Browser.

  3. Connect to the image from the virtual machine's floppy device. For example, in the management interface (MUI):

    1. Right Click the Virtual Machine Name > Edit Settings > Floppy Drive 1
    2. Change the following settings:

      • Connected: Select
      • Connect at power on: Select
      • Device Type: Use existing floppy image in datastore

    3. Click Browse to select the filename.flp that was created previously.

In ESX 2.5 and earlier versions:

To create a floppy image:
  1. For Windows, use a utility like WinImage (http://www.winimage.com/) to create a floppy image (filename.img). Rename this file so that it has a .flp file extension (filename.flp).

    For Linux, use dd. For example:
    dd if=/dev/fd0 of=filename.flp

    Note: ESX Server 2.5.1 or later and Workstation 5 allow you to choose a valid floppy image with any file extension. The examples here use the .flp extension for consistency.

  2. Copy filename.flp to a network fileshare accessible to ESX Server or to /vmimages. For example, from your Windows or Linux host:
    scp -rp filename.flp root@service_console.domain.com:/vmimages/dist/
  3. Connect to the image from the virtual machine's floppy setting. For example, in the management interface (MUI):

    1. Choose Virtual Machine Name > Hardware > Floppy Drive > Edit.
    2. Change the following settings:

      • Connected: select
      • Device: Floppy Image
      • Location: /vmimages/dist (Indicate the path to your depot; this is simply an example.)

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