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Removing cd and floppy drives from VMs

Discussion in 'VMware Certifications' started by Beerbaron, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. Beerbaron

    Beerbaron Megabyte Poster

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    We have ~100 VMs with a large majority being clones as they run similar apps and configuration. I have noticed that most of them have a CD and floppy drive still attached. Would it be best practice to remove these as they are not used?


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  2. craigie

    craigie Terabyte Poster

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    I generally leave CD ROM's attached for the purpose of mounting ISO's etc.

    In relation to the Floppy Drive, if you remove this from the hardware of the VM, it still shows up in Windows. You need to reboot the VM and go into the BIOS. This article explains it VMware KB: Unable to remove the floppy device in the Windows virtual machine
     
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  3. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    I personally remove things like floppy drives, parallel ports, etc.. if I don't use it. Like Craigie, I also keep the CD-ROMs.
     
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  4. dales

    dales Gigabyte Poster

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    yes your better off removing the parallel ports etc which tbh is all just fluffing as far as thats concerned. p2ving and tidying up the old hardware fair enough requires a certain amount of work but for new clean vm's.... Meh I'd leave that job until you have nothing else to do one day!
     
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  5. Beerbaron

    Beerbaron Megabyte Poster

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    I had noticed that there wasn't a floppy drive listed in the VM settings so assumed it would need disabling in the BIOS. I think I might have to leave it for the time being as I'm sure I could be doing something more productive.
     
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