Today I was building a VM in VMware VI3 (ESX), one that was completely isolated from my network and I realized that one of the pieces of software that I wanted to install was in a folder on a share. Since this system was on an isolated virtual switch (vswitch), I realized that I had no way to get the folder of software to the guest system.
At that point I started considering my options, change the vswitch that the system was on and re-IP’ing, some other complicated file copy operation, burn the software to CD and place it in the server or my local CD-ROM for mounting… and a lot of silly other methods that either would have been to dirty to try or would fail outright. Then I remembered that there is software out there that will allow you to create ISO’s from whatever folders on your computer.
I started browsing those software packages and was really not satisfied as I didn’t want to install any new software for this one-time thing on my system. I remembered OSCDIMG.exe.
OSCDIMG.exe is a command-line utility that allows you to create an ISO from any folder on your file system, or any folder that the command line can gain access to. No software to install, a few options that are configurable, like being able to use longer filenames, the source or source folder, and the target file (.iso). What could be easier? Check it out!
Apologies, but as this file is an executable (.exe extension) I will not host it on my blog. I’m also not sure about the usage and redistribution rights. Google’s your best friend here. Search for OSCDIMG.EXE DOWNLOAD. If you can’t find it there, I believe it’s one of the tools included in the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit.