How to attach an ISO to a VM

Introduction
Inspecting the ISOs available in your VDC
Attach an ISO to a VM

 

Introduction

You can attach an ISO to a VM at any time. It is not required to stop the VM to do this. You can only attach one ISO at any time, but the same ISO resource can be attached to multiple VMs at the same time.

An ISO that contains a 'bootable' image of an operating system can be used directly to deploy a VM. See How to create a VM by booting from an ISO.

The maximum ISO size that you can use in VDC is 50 GBytes.

Important

You must ensure that your use of any ISO is compliant with the licensing requirements and the terms and conditions of the owners of any operating system or applications software that is contained in the ISO. Particular rules apply to the use of Microsoft products in a cloud environment; for more information see VDC Windows licensing. Please contact the Interoute licensing team, , if you have any questions.

 

Inspecting the ISOs available in your VDC

Login to the Control Centre and click Templates in the menu on the left-hand side. In the Select view drop-down, choose ISO.

ISOs are organised into different categories, which are viewed separately using the Filter by drop-down menu. All of the ISOs uploaded by you will be located in the Mine category.

Click on an ISO name to show its Details tab:

Click the Zones tab to show the zones where this ISO is available:

Each copy of an ISO resource only exists in one VDC zone, so you may need to do Copy ISO to put a copy of the ISO into the zone where it is needed for a VM. (Note that each copy requires storage space which will be charged for.) To do this, click on a zone where the ISO is already available to show the ISO details in the zone:

Before attempting to use or copy an ISO you should check that it is in the 'Ready' state. This is shown in the Zones tab (see above).

Attach an ISO to a VM

You can attach (or detach) an ISO to a VM at any time. It is not required to stop the VM to do this. You can only attach one ISO at a time.

Click Virtual Machines in the menu on the left-hand side. Click the name of the VM that you want to attach to.

Click the Attach ISO button .

A dialog with a list of available ISOs will appear (note these are taken from all the ISO categories: Mine, Featured, etc.). Select the ISO you require and click OK:

After a few moments a pop-up message 'Task complete' should appear.

The toolbar button will then change to having a minus sign, , and the function of the button becomes Detach ISO. Clicking the button now will perform the detachment. You should ensure that the ISO is properly unmounted in the VM operating system before using the detach button.