Not all servers nowadays have DVD player installed. Sometimes it is handy to boot from USB and install for example Windows Server 8. Here’s a example how to make the USB stick bootable for the following OS versions:
– Windows Server 8
– Hyper-V Server 8
– Server 2008 R2
– Hyper-V Server R2
– Need 4 GB USB memory stick or more
– Download the desired ISO and save it
Stick the USB stick on a free USB port on your computer equipped with a Windows OS. For this example I used Windows7 as Operating System. Clear the USB stick and create a partition on it by using the following command’s:
Open the command prompt ((make sure you run the cmd prompt as administrator)
diskpart list disk "list the disk in your system including the USB" select disk "USB number" clean create partition primary active format fs=fat32 quick assign exit
Mount the ISO and copy all the content of the desired ISO to USB stick. For mounting the ISO I used “Deamon Tools Lite”.
Now the bootable stick is ready for use. Boot your server with the stick and your able to install Windows 8, Windows 8 Server, 2008 R2 or Hyper-V server 8.