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I have a KVM virtual machine that is managed via libvirsh. Now I want to use a different ISO image inside the VM.

How do I change the DVD in the virtual drive using virsh?

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attach-disk guest01 /root/disc1.iso hdc --driver file --type cdrom
--mode readonly

Change CDROM:

attach-disk guest01 /root/disc2.iso hdc --driver file --type cdrom
--mode readonly

Remove CDROM:

 attach-disk guest01 " " hdc --driver file --type cdrom
 --mode readonly
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Thanks, rkthr. I test this next week and come back here. +1 anyway :-) – DerMike Jun 10 '11 at 8:24
Thanks for tip. For me it works but only if I remove '--driver file' from the command (version of virsh: 0.9.2). – Lukasz Stelmach Dec 23 '11 at 20:50
I had to add --config to the command. Probably due to the fact that the guest wasn't originally configured with a cdrom. This addressed the following: error: internal error: No device with bus 'ide' and target 'hdc'. cdrom and floppy device hotplug isn't supported by libvirt. – user59156 Oct 19 at 15:59

In libvirt 0.9.12 and maybe earlier, a command change-media exists:

change-media <domain> <path> [<source>] [--eject] [--insert] [--update] [--current] [--live] [--config] [--force]

Change CD:

change-media guest01 hdb /pool/disc.iso

Eject CD:

change-media guest01 hdb --eject
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I tried the attach-disk command and it didn't work for me. However, I found this doc on fedora which asks you to use the "update-device" command. This worked for me. You can find the article here:

Just for completeness putting the steps here:

  • Create an XML file:

<backingStore/> <target dev='hdc' bus='ide'/> <readonly/> <alias name='ide0-1-0'/> <address type='drive' controller='0' bus='1' target='0' unit='0'/> </disk>

Make sure you don't have the <source> tag in your definition

  • Update the device:

    virsh update-device <guest name> <XML file name>

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That would remove the device, not change the CD as the OP asks. It's also badly copied from your link - it's malformed XML as it stands. – Jack Douglas Nov 22 '14 at 12:07

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