Create a Bootable USB Flash Drive
Updated: July 16, 2014
Applies To: Windows Server 2012 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
You can create a bootable USB flash drive to use to deploy Windows Server 2012 Essentials . The first step is to prepare the USB flash drive by using DiskPart, which is a command-line utility. For information about DiskPart, see DiskPart Command-Line Options.
For additional scenarios in which you may want to create or use a bootable USB flash drive, see the following topics:
Insert a USB flash drive into a running computer.
Open a Command Prompt window as an administrator.
In the new command line window that opens, to determine the USB flash drive number or drive letter, at the command prompt, type
list disk, and then click ENTER. The
list diskcommand displays all the disks on the computer. Note the drive number or drive letter of the USB flash drive.
At the command prompt, type
select disk <X>, where X is the drive number or drive letter of the USB flash drive, and then click ENTER.
clean, and the click ENTER. This command deletes all data from the USB flash drive.
To create a new primary partition on the USB flash drive, type
create part pri, and then click ENTER.
To select the partition that you just created, type
select part 1, and then click ENTER.
To format the partition, type
format fs=ntfs quick, and then click ENTER.
If your server platform supports Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), you should format the USB flash drive as FAT32 rather than as NTFS. To format the partition as FAT32, type
format fs=fat32 quick, and then click ENTER.
active, and then click ENTER.
exit, and then click ENTER.
When you finish preparing your custom image, save it to the root of the USB flash drive.
Getting Started with the Windows Server 2012 Essentials ADK
Creating and Customizing the Image
Preparing the Image for Deployment
Testing the Customer Experience
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