KB ID 0001020 Dtd 06/01/15
“It’s 2015 why are you messing around with floppy drives?” I hear you ask! Well for importing certificate requests, and issued certificates from an offline root CA server, it’s still considered best practice to use a virtual floppy drive rather than connect the offline root server to the production network.
So today while deploying a PKI infrastructure, I needed to present a floppy drive to a Windows Server 2012 R2 Issuing (subordinate CA). Despite me adding the hardware, presenting a floppy image and ticking ‘connected’ the floppy drive refused to ‘appear’ in Windows.
2. Main > Legacy Diskette A: > Set to [1.44/1.25 MB 3 1/2].
3. At this point I hit F10 (Save and Exit), booted up the VM, and it was still missing!
4. Turns out (after some more BIOS digging) that the controller was also disabled! Advanced > I/O Device Configuration.
5. Set Floppy disk controller to ‘Enabled’ > F10 > Boot the VM. Problem solved!
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