How To Create A Virtual Floppy For VMware vSphere

Last week I needed to create a virtual floppy disk to load drivers for a Windows XP Virtual Machine (VM) during the boot process. This is not a scenario that crops up too often – but in this case I wanted to restore a physical Windows Home Server backup into a VM.

I downloaded the 30 day trail version of WinImage and created a virtual floppy with the drivers that I needed as follows.

Click New and then accept the defaults for a virtual floppy:

If you want to create folders in your virtual floppy click Image then Create folder:

To add files click the Inject icon:

Browse to the location of the files you want added to the virtual floppy and select them to add them:

Here you can see that I have multiple folders created each with a different set of drivers:

To save your virtual floppy click File and then Save As:

Type a file name for the virtual floppy and add the .flp file extension to the file name.

This allowed me to take the vSphere Windows XP drivers from a VM that was backed up on WHS and put them in a virtual floppy. With the virtual floppy I was able to boot the WHS restore CD in VMware vSphere are restore a physical Windows XP WHS backup to a VM.

It’s a handy way of moving WHS backups to a VM so that you can “retire” a backup from WHS to vSphere and make room for other machines to back up.

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