REALLY??? Please, tell me I missed something.
You missed something. Press F2 to enter the BIOS of the VM in question. Navigate to Boot and use +/- to change the boot order.
Above you can see I moved CD-ROM Drive up to the top position. Now, when you mount a bootable ISO, it will boot from that device.
I tried that. VMware won't take F2 to get to bios. However, there is a power-on option to boot to firmware and I can get to the screen below that way. Unfortunately that screen responds to nothing. I tried +/-, cursor keys, tabs. I am simply locked out.
Just looked again. in right panel of this screen it says "All items on this menu cannot be modified in user mode. …please consult you system supervisor".
The bios never had any passwords set on it. So I went to another screen to create a supervisor password. OK, I's set, but there's no where to ENTER the password to authorize the changes. So I still can't do anything.
Then you have an issue with your keyboard/input device stack. If you can't press F2 to get into the BIOS then that is not normal.
> Unfortunately that screen responds to nothing. I tried +/-, cursor keys, tabs. I am simply locked out.
Did you click into the Window with your mouse to activate user input ?