While playing with virtual machines/virtual environments, ISO images of different operating systems and applications are required. Which can directly be attach from host machines to VMs with the help of VMWare Workstation and vSphere Client. However, it is good idea to have ISO images into ESXi host. So today I am going to mount a Windows based folder (carrying ISO images) into ESXi host. I am using Windows 2008 Server here for this scenario. If you are interested to use Windows 7, then this link will describe best to you:
Windows 2008 Server (with File Services role installed)
This is ISO folder, which I am going to share as NFS share.
Right Click on ISO folder, go to properties then NFS tab. Click on Manage NFS sharing.
First check the share box. Then click on permissions.
I am going to give full Read/Write permissions here.
Sharing work is completed. Now access the vSphere using vSphere Client.
Access ESXi Server through vSphere Client, Select the host where you want NFS folder, Select configuration tab of the host then Storage options. Here we are going to add new storage.
Wizard will start. Select NFS as we are going to add the NFS Sharing.
Give the Server IP, where you have shared folder and its name. In the end give the datastore name whatever you want.
Wizard has been completed. Click finish.
Great we have successfully add the NFS share as datastore to this host.
To check the contents of the folder of ISO, browse the datastore by right clicking on it.
Really Great, I have all my ISO images in this ESXi host.