Burning Microsoft Action Pack SBS2011 ISO

nigelbeatson
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We have subscribed to the Microsoft Action Pack and have downloaded the SBS2011 standard edition. The file obtained is an ISO form, but is over 6Gb in size.

Does anyone know the best way to get this into a useable / bootable form??

What form is the original Microsoft product supplied in?? I seem to recall that there is only one disk supplied? Is a dual layer?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks.
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Commented:
You can happily create a Bootable USB drive with sufficient space (I use an 8Gb one) and the instructions are in my blog:

http://alanhardisty.wordpress.com/2011/05/25/installing-sbs-2011-on-an-hp-proliant-ml110-g6-server-woes-resolved/
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I would also recommend using a USB bootable drive as they tend to be quicker than CD / DVD installs.

In terms of what Microsoft ship, I believe it is a DVD (rather than CD) hence the larger size.  If you have a DVD burner you should be able to burn the ISO to disk.
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You could burn it to a dual layer DVD with 8.5GB capacity, this worked for me.

Have you considered installing SBS in a virtual machine? If so you can map a .iso file as a DVD drive in the settings for the VM. All the servers I install these days are virtual, the better recovery options far outweigh any disadvantage.
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many thanks to all. I started off trying to burn the ISO to a DVD, but I then realised that it exceeded the 4.7Gb capacity of my media, hence the problem.

Do all DVD readers read dual layer media nowadays??

Alan, does the USB bootable drive have to be dedicated to this one facility, or can it be used for other data too??

Many thanks.
Alan HardistyCo-Owner
Top Expert 2011

Commented:
I think the bootable USB drive is multi-talented.  I have only used it for SBS2011, but I am sure you could expand it's capabilities and boot from other .ISO images too.

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many thanks
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I haven't read Alan's article, but I frequently make USB media using the Windows 7 tool originally released for netbooks (I've used it with SBS, Multipoint, Windows 7, Windows 8, Server 2008 R2, Server 8... everything works fine).  BUT, when you use that tool, it wipes the drive.  Once created though, you can add whatever data you like to it.

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