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    Boot Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 from USB Stick


    BootFromUSB-screenshot If you for any reason need to install Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 on USB stick, and boot it from there, now you have an easy option to do it. You could have done that before, but the process was quite complicated. Now that process is quite simple, thanks to Paul Despe, who made a very simple tool BootHVSR2FromUSB.


    How to use it:

    1. Install the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK)
    2. Grab Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 and either burn it to a DVD or mount it with a virtual CD program
    3. Connect your USB flash device
    4. Run the tool As Administrator
    5. Select your USB flash device as your target disk
      1. Warning! You can select any disk in your system – and it will get formatted.  Make sure you are selecting your USB flash disk – and you do not have any data on the disk that you want to keep.
    6. Click on the Create Blank VHD button and choose a temporary location for the VHD
    7. Locate your copy of the INSTALL.WIM file from the Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2
    8. Hit the Start button and wait a short time for everything to be setup


    But be aware, there are some limitations:


    Why should you consider installing Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 on USB stick? Marin Frankovic wrote this in his post:

    Currently I have dual boot of Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 installed in VHD files. Having Hyper-V Server on a stick can be usefull if you have to temporarily start some applications (like WSUS) in branch office or similar. I am sure that there will be more scenarios where you will find this usefull in the future.

    Original post: Virtual PC Guy and Marin Frankovic




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