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Hello,

I have an up and running server, originally built by American Dynamics.  It currently has Windows Server 2008 32-bit, and we are attempting to reload it to put for sale.

I have Windows Server 2008 64-bit, but when I try to boot off the USB DVD drive, it shows "Press Any Key to Boot From CD", but then it just goes to a black screen.

I've tried several different external drives to no luck.  Unfortunately, this server does not have an internal DVD drive.  I believe its design makes it a 3x or something like that?

ADRSS048TB is the model of the system.  Any help would be appreciated!  Thanks!

Jeremy
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try to boot from bootable pen drive
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Check the boot order in BIOS, also check if you have configured, USB as first bootable device.
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Okay, I've tried multiple times to make a Bootable USB from the Server 2008 ISO I created, and it's not working.

ISO to USB immediately finishes and says it's done without copying anything.

Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool goes all the way through the process, copies all the files, then fails because it was not able to run bootsect to make the USB device bootable.

Help please...
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I personally prefer Rufus: http://www.rufus.ie for creating bootable flash drives. Let us know whether that helps.
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I'll give those a try tomorrow.  Thank you for the suggestions.
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Okay, I made a Bootable USB off of WinToFlash just fine.  However, the Server computer does not recognize it as a boot device.  I tried in another computer (Windows 7 HP), and it detected it from the Boot Menu and loaded the install.
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You might need to look in the BIOS and change some of the options, like making sure that booting from USB/external devices is enabled as an option. And maybe prioritize it if needed. What model is your server?
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I found out that I could hook up a Internal Optical Drive to a SATA port on the inside of the machine and power it externally.  Server 2008 32 bit installed fine.  Couldn't install 64 bit because the motherboard and processor is not a 64 bit.  Thank you for your help!
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Found the solution.
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