Article Summary: This article provides information on installing Windows Server using a USB solid state drive (USB key) and diskpart.exe
1. Insert the USB solid state drive into a Windows computer.
2. Press the Windows Logo+R, type runas /user:firstname.lastname@example.org cmd where domain.local is replaced by the name of the Active Directory domain and press Enter. The same task can be accomplished using the Command Prompt and Run as Administrator.
3. Type diskpart.exe and press Enter to open the diskpart.exe command interface.
4. Type list disk and press Enter to list the disks attached to the Windows computer. Note the disk number of the USB solid state drive.
5. Type select disk 3 and press Enter where disk 3 is the number of the disk noted in step 4.
6. Type clean and press Enter to erase the contents of the drive.
7. Type create paritition primary and press Enter to create a single primary partition encompassing the entire size of the solid state drive.
8. Type active and press Enter to mark the partition as active.
9. Type format fs=ntfs quick and press Enter to format the partition with the NTFS filesystem.
10. Type assign and press Enter to assign a drive letter to the solid state drive.
11. Copy the entire contents of the Windows Server DVD or .iso file to the solid state drive.
12. Insert the bootable USB solid state drive into a USB port on the PowerEdge server.
13. Power on the PowerEdge server.
14. Press F11 as the server is booting to invoke the Boot Manager.
15. Select Boot BIOS Menu, select Hard drive C:, select the USB key and press Enter to boot the PowerEdge server to the USB key.
This information applies to Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2.
Article ID: HOW10243
Last Date Modified: 08/28/2014 02:09 PM