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Install Server 2008 R2 from USB memory stick

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Hi
Want to install server 2008 from a USB disk. Two questions

1) DiskPart
I've seen a link like this
USB R2 Boot
which states to use DiskPart. However, when I run "list disk" no USB sticks appear. I have two working USB sticks in now, and neither show. Even when I logged in as admin. What must I do different?

2) ISO
I have both the Windows 2008 R2 iso available, and the DVD. I can copy both to the USB. Which would be better to boot from?

Thanks
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Ive always followed these steps....

Either mount the ISO or insert the DVD for  Windows Server 2008 R2 into your computer. (Assume its D:)
Format your USB stick to FAT32. (Assume its E:)


d:\boot\bootsect.exe /NT60 e:
 
xcopy d:\*.* /s /e /f e:\
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If its a HP server, I use smart start and the USB stick as an ISO file
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woolnoir - I get a message that bootsec.exe is not a valid Win32 application. I'm running from Windows XP.
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http://www.2shared.com/file/2585881/5ad9ef68/bootsect.html <-- this should be the 32bit version of bootsect.exe, it was posted on another EE thread - apparently taken from the windows 7 32 bit CD.
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I've done the above sucessfully a few times, (R2 Standard, as well as R2 Web Edition)

I used the Microsoft Windows 7 tool: http://store.microsoft.com/help/iso-tool

I used to use the manual method of creating the USB sticks but just found the above so much easier and convenient.
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That 32 bit bootsec isn't on that 2shared.com locatin any more.
I have MSDN, should I be able to get the tool from there?
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Well the tool has been used on a few previous EE threads and it works great :)
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Trust me, try the tool I posted a link for above, it does what it says on the tin :)
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@woolnoir - that link states it is no longer valid when I click it.
@rik-derris - hadn't seen your message when I posted. Will try that. Though it does say in the FAQ that is will only work on Windows 7 iso?
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I've used it with 2008 ISO's before, I had no issues, the reason I had to use the USB stick is because I acquired the files via MSDN but had no actual DVD-ROM's on the servers in question, so USB or netbooting was the only way to go. The setup procedures on 7/2008 R2 are almost identical anyway.
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rik - well, it won't work without bootsect.exe. It got all the way through, then said it won't work without
Where can I get it on the Microsoft site? I have MSDN and Technet, one would think it would be easier to find!


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If you can get a windows7 32bit CD from your MSDN sub.. its on there.
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Same with technet .. its in the same location on the CD as i posted above... just obviously you need the 32 bit version for a 32 os.
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So i have to download Windows 7 32 bit first? Mad!
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Its either that, or find someone with a copy of bootsect 32 bit handy... google search is one option, but i'd be a little concerned without a MD5 hash of the real file.

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Weird, I never had that issue, it just went through for me, although if I recall I was using x64 builds of R2. I'm afraid I don't have a 7 system close at hand to be able to provide the bootsect.
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Thanks. Actually found I did have a Windows 7 CD. I've copied it into the same location as Windows7-USB-DVD-tool.exe and am running the tool again now.
So, looking back, your command should also work, just runs from the command line. All I needed was the right bootsect. Which you did mention! :)
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Even with 32 bit Bootsec, it still failed with the same error. What should I do next?
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Which error are you getting ? is this following my instructions or someone else ?

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Either mount the ISO or insert the DVD for  Windows Server 2008 R2 into your computer. (Assume its D:)
Format your USB stick to FAT32. (Assume its E:)


d:\boot\bootsect.exe /NT60 e:
 
xcopy d:\*.* /s /e /f e:\
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Sorry, should have been clearer. Got the error using Windows7-USB-DVD-tool.exe
I am trying your method and doing the XCopy now. Thanks for all your help so far. Hopefully nearly at the final step!
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Ok - Let me know how it goes :) good luck.
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Yeah the xcopy method should work just fine now that you have the bootsect.exe
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Ok, all worked fine. I appreciate the help. Thanks
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