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Utilizing Your Virtual CD/DVD and Floppy Drives with vCloud Director

30/05/2012   |   0

This video demonstrates how to use your Virtual CD/DVD and Virtual Floppy features in vCloud Director. It also demonstrates how to create a catalog and upload media.

In this video we shall learn how to utilize your virtual CD/DVD Floppy drives with vCloud Connector. To login to vCloud, open Internet Explorer or Firefox and navigate to https://vcd01/infinitelyvirtual/cloud/org/account number. Your account number is available from the ‘getting started’ email in the customer portal under ‘techinical contacts.’ Enter your username and password. Check ‘Remember my username and password’ if required. Click ‘Login.’

In this section we shall demonstrate how to attach a CD/DVD drive. This may be used to install software or copy data to your local server. To attach a local drive, open the VM console. Click the ‘CD/DVD’ icon. You may be prompted to allow access. Click ‘Allow’ to proceed. Select the drive from the list or select none to disconnect. Click ‘Okay’. Click ‘Okay’. The virtual machine is now able to access your CD/DVD drive.

In this section we will learn how to attach a local floppy drive. This is most commonly used to load hardware drivers during an operating system install. Open the VM console. Click the ‘Floppy’ icon. You may be prompted to allow access. Click ‘Allow’ to proceed. Select the drive from the list or select none to disconnect. ‘Click Okay.’ Click ‘Okay.’

We shall now demonstrate how to open and create catalogs. Organizations use catalogs to store V App templates and media files. The members that have access to a catalog can use the catalog’s V App templates and media files to create their own V Apps. A system administrator can allow an organization to publish a catalog to make it available to other organizations. Organization administrators can then choose which catalog items to provide to their users.

Catalogs contain media, CD/DVDs, floppies, and OVF images. Public catalogs are available to all customers. They may contain Windows, Linux, or other application installation media or OVF images to quickly deploy appliances such as Turnkey Linux. Click the ‘Catalogs’ tab. Click the ‘Add catalog’ icon, give your catalog a name, and click ‘Next.’ You have the option to allow or deny specific members of your organization access to this catalog. The ‘default’ allows all members access. Click ‘Next.’ Click ‘Finish.’ The new catalog is now created.

In this section we shall demonstrate how to upload media such as ISO files to attach directly to virtual machines. Click on ‘Catalogues.’ Click on the ‘Media’ tab. Click on the ‘Upload’ icon. Now click ‘Browse’ and select the media you wish to upload. Click ‘Upload.’ Enter a name in the name field, then select your required catalog and click ‘Upload.’

We shall now look at inserting a CD/DVD from a catalogue. Click on the ‘My Cloud’ tab, click ‘VMs,’ select your VM, click ‘Insert Media.’ Now select the required media and click ‘Insert.’


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