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I have a Hyper-V server running several virtuals. I am creating a new virtual and the setup for Windows 2008 is on my Thumb Drive. Can I get this new virtual I am creating to load install from it?
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To clarify, you have a bootable thumb drive with all of the install files for Windows 2008?  It's not just a Sysprepped image of a W2008 server?

I've not tried it but if your host server provides the thumb drive a drive letter you would probably be able to select it during the setup of the VM.  See the attached screenshot.  But you will have to try it.

I use a different method though.

For brand new servers I usually point the VM to an ISO image of the W2008 installation media.  I have a library of them downloaded from Microsoft.  But these need installed and service packed.

Better still, I also have .VHD files backed up from new installs of exisiting virtual machines.  This allows me to clone an entire virtual server (fully service packed) in a few minutes.  I do this often.

If you're interested here's the process for that:
1-Copy .VHD file to a new VM directory and name it whatever you want.
2-Create a VM and point to that VHD file, do NOT connect the virtual NIC
3-Login via Cached Admin credentials, or login to a Local Admin account. (you can take the server off the domain at this point if you want to and rename it)
4-Run Sysprep (you can rename the server at this point as well)
5-After the machine boots back up, connect the Virtual NIC and joint it to the domain under a new server name

*6-You might need to relicense the copy of Windows and you might want to change the local Admin pwd.
Hyper-V---New-VM-Wizard.pdf
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