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How to Configure the Floppy Drive for a Virtual Machine

Updated: October 21, 2008

Applies To: Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2, Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1

Use the following procedure to configure the virtual floppy drive to:

  • Read a physical floppy drive on the host.

  • Read a virtual floppy disk (.vfd or .flp) file stored in the library.

You can use this procedure when creating a hardware profile, modifying a hardware profile, or configuring hardware profile settings from the New Template Wizard or the New Virtual Machine Wizard. You can configure a floppy drive but you cannot remove it or add additional floppy drives.

To apply a sysprep answer file, VMM will create and remove a virtual floppy drive during the virtual machine creation process.

To configure virtual floppy drive settings for a virtual machine

  1. In the left pane, under Hardware Profile, click Floppy Drive.

  2. Modify the virtual floppy drive settings by selecting one of the following options:

    • No media (default). Select this option to specify that the virtual floppy drive cannot read a physical floppy disk or a virtual floppy disk. If you are modifying an existing hardware profile, you can select No Media to disconnect a virtual floppy drive from the host drive or from a virtual floppy disk file.

    • Physical floppy drive. Select this option to enable the virtual floppy drive to read a physical floppy disk in the specified physical floppy drive on the host.

    • Existing virtual floppy disk file. Select this option to enable the virtual floppy drive on a virtual machine to access a specific virtual floppy disk (.vfd or .flp) file that is stored in a library share. Click Browse to open the Select virtual floppy disk dialog box, and then select the virtual floppy disk that you want to use.

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