How to Use the AFG with the Virtual Floppy Drive

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Using the AFG and Virtual Floppy

To use the platformConfig.xml file with a virtual machine requires the use of a virtual floppy drive on the virtual machine.

The platformConfig.xml file can be generated here

Create A New Virtual Floppy Image


Follow this procedure to create a new virtual floppy image using the Windows platform.

  1. Download and install Winimage (
  2. In Winimage, select File > New.
  3. Select 1.44 MB from Standard format and click OK.
  4. Drag the platformConfig.xml file onto the Winimae window.
  5. Click Yes when prompted to inject the file into Winimage.
  6. Select File > Save As.
  7. Select Virtual floppy image from the Save as type dropdown list.
  8. Enter a file name and click Save.

Linux Virtual Machine

  1. Create an empty floppy image of 1.44 MB as root:
    $ /sbin/mkfs.msdos -C <directory>/<imagefile.img> 1440
  2. Create a new directory called floppy1:
    $ sudo mkdir /media/floppy1/
  3. Mount the directory:
    $ sudo mount -o loop /path/imagefile.img /media/floppy1/
  4. Copy the XML file to the mounted directory:
    $ cp platformConfig.xml /media/floppy1
  5. Unmount the directory:
    $ umount /media/floppy1

Upload a Virtual Floppy Image to a Datastore

Follow this procedure to upload a virtual floppy image to a datastore:

  1. Start the vSphere client.
  2. If the host uses:
    1. Remote storage (for example, SAN), then select View > Inventory > Datastores.
    2. Local storage (for example, internal hard drive), then select the host and click the Summary tab.
  3. Right-click on a datastore and select Browse Datastore.
  4. Navigate to the desired directory and click the Upload files to this datastore icon.
  5. Select Upload File.
  6. Select the platformConfig.xml file and click Open.
  7. Click Yes when upload/download operation warning window appears.
  8. Close the Datastore Browser window.

Mount a Virtual Floppy Image

Follow this procedure to mount a virtual floppy image:

  1. Start the vSphere client.
  2. Select a virtual machine.
  3. Select Inventory > Virtual Machine > Edit Settings.
  4. Select Floppy drive from the Hardware tab.
  5. Select Use existing floppy image in datastore.
  6. Select Browse.
  7. Select All files from the file type dropdown list, if the virtual floppy image does not use the .flp extension.
  8. Locate the virtual floppy image and click OK.
  9. Enable Connected and Connect at power on under Device Status.
  10. Click OK.
Note Note: As with fresh installs on physical hardware, make sure the CD/DVD device is at the top of the BIOS boot order.

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