Doesn’t that title bring back 1996. I can almost feel the texture of the hard plastic shell of the 3.5 inch disk AOL would mass mail me. Useless little things in today’s world aren’t they? Really, with USB disks, iso files and the like, when was the last time you needed one? They are still useful however, at least a .flp image is. Let’s setup a little story… all things go better with a story. Get your milk and Oreos and get comfortable.
You’re a net admin. You’ve just virtualized EVERYTHING, or most of it anyways. You are heralded as the next great hero, that is until your security admin reminds you that all new “Servers” deployed, including VMs, must be hardened off the network. Great you think, lets use the same USB key you’ve used to deploy physical servers in the past! Except, ESX 3.5 does not support usb, and can’t pass it through to a VM. Well what now? It’s just 3 scripts…
In comes .flp to save the day. Using dd for Windows, or my favorite (but pay utility) WinImage.
After creating the image, drag your files in, and save. Upload to your datastore, attach to the VM, and go!
Questions? Comments? Story too long & otherwise useless? Leave me a note in the comments section.