Import an ISO image into a VMM 2012 library

by Scott Lowe [Published on 27 May 2012 / Last Updated on 27 May 2012]

I like to keep my ISO files in the VMM library so that they are easy to get to when I need to create a new virtual machine or add software that is installed from an ISO image.  Most commonly, I use the Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 ISO images as I build virtual machines.  I’m going to show you how to create your own ISO library in VMM 2012 First, create a shared folder in Windows on the VMM server.  In this folder, you will store the ISO images that you intend to use with VMM.  Share the folder as you normally would. Next, visit the Library wunderbar in the VMM console and expand Library Servers.  Right-click the name of your library server and, from the shortcut menu, choose Add Library Shares. This starts a wizard.  The first thing that the wizard will do is look around on the local system for any new shares that have yet to be added to the library.  You’ll see two such shares in the figure below.  One is called ISOs and the other one is called TEST.  I’m interested only in the ISOs share.  So, I select that checkbox and click the Next button. On the next page, you’re provided with a summary page.  Click the Add Library Shares button to add the share. Now, we need to import a Windows 7 ISO image.  There are a couple of different ways that I can go about this.  Most simply, I could simply copy the ISO file to the shared folder and be done.  Or, I can use the Import Physical Resource button in the VMM console as shown in the figure below. On the Import Library Resources page, click the Add Reso

I like to keep my ISO files in the VMM library so that they are easy to get to when I need to create a new virtual machine or add software that is installed from an ISO image.  Most commonly, I use the Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 ISO images as I build virtual machines.  I’m going to show you how to create your own ISO library in VMM 2012

First, create a shared folder in Windows on the VMM server.  In this folder, you will store the ISO images that you intend to use with VMM.  Share the folder as you normally would.

Next, visit the Library wunderbar in the VMM console and expand Library Servers.  Right-click the name of your library server and, from the shortcut menu, choose Add Library Shares.

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This starts a wizard.  The first thing that the wizard will do is look around on the local system for any new shares that have yet to be added to the library.  You’ll see two such shares in the figure below.  One is called ISOs and the other one is called TEST.  I’m interested only in the ISOs share.  So, I select that checkbox and click the Next button.

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On the next page, you’re provided with a summary page.  Click the Add Library Shares button to add the share.

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Now, we need to import a Windows 7 ISO image.  There are a couple of different ways that I can go about this.  Most simply, I could simply copy the ISO file to the shared folder and be done.  Or, I can use the Import Physical Resource button in the VMM console as shown in the figure below.

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On the Import Library Resources page, click the Add Resource button and point the tool to the ISO file you’d like to import.  Click the Import button when you’re ready.

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The resource is being imported…

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And, when you’re done, the new ISO image is available in your new ISO’s library!

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