MDT 2013 up and running - now time to create bootable USB's

Server with MDT 2013 and related software is configured and working (can deploy with PXE boot).
In Deployment Workbench, multiple images (.wim), task sequences and driver packages are configured.
During PXE boot on target machine, you can select  which task sequence to run.

Now I need to create a bootable USB-stick for each image (wim+task sequence).
E.g. one USB-stick should contain one server (computer).
When I follow the link below, create MEDIA001 and update it - the MDT wants to copy all content in deployment share it seems.. Does not fit into a 32GB USB stick.
I have read this post but not quite figured it out..

Is it possible achieve the above?


Any easy to read instructions?
Ron DokkensirAsked:
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For eacj media you need to specify a selection profile. You most likely have Everything selected. So go amd create a new profile then assign to media.

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Are the images available as iso files?

If they are, you can use the tool "WinSetupFromUSB" to put the iso's onto a USB stick. The tool also allows you to format the stick with different file-systems. Make sure you select FAT32, as that makes it compatible with UEFI BIOSes If the iso is larger than the supported 4GB of FAT32, the tool will automatically split it so it still works. With this tool you can have more than one iso file on the stick.
Once you update the media, the result is an ISO which can be mounted then copied to a bootable USB. Formatting a USB to be bootable takes 30sec in a cmd prompt - I always use NTFS when formatting partition on USB and never had an issue with UEFI Bios, so not sure what that issue is.
The original question is about how to get the media to be smaller and not extract/use the entire deployment share. See my comments above/below about using Selection Profiles.
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The problem with UEFI BIOS is that if your File-System on the USB stick is NTFS, you won't have the option to select between EFI/GPT mode and normal mode when you boot the stick, you will only see the standard mode. Therefore you can't install the OS in EFI mode to a GPT disk.

Although that is no issue normally (OS's should always be installed to small MBR disks rather than huge GPT disks, that makes it simpler), it is still better to have the UEFI/GPT option, particularly if your server's RAID controller doesn't allow you to split the array into different volumes, or you only have large disks and are going to use OS integrated RAID to create the array.

Besides that, the tool I mentioned above allows you to have more than one iso file on the stick from which you can choose from when booting it. You are much more flexible with it.
Ron DokkensirAuthor Commented:
>>Formatting a USB to be bootable takes 30sec in a cmd prompt -..

That sounded interesting.. Do you remember how?
If you use windows GUI (right click->format), there is no option for "bootable".
Ron DokkensirAuthor Commented:
>>Once you update the media, the result is an ISO which can be mounted then copied to a bootable USB.

Ok, these are the resulting files and folders (currently in temp folder on computer).
Can you expand on how to get this onto the (bootable usb)?
You mention mount the iso - what about the Content folder? Just copy to USB?

after updade media, these files appeared
You need to mount the ISO or extract contents. Windows 8 you can right click ISO and mount otherwise you need some software that can mount an ISO or 7zip to extract files from ISO. To make USB just google "diskpart command line bootable usb".
From memory it is:
Open command-line
List disk
Select disk # (replace # with the id of your usb)
Create partition primary
Select partition 1
Format fs=ntfs quick

You can change from ntfs to fat per other post.
Ron DokkensirAuthor Commented:
Ok, what about the "Content" folder besides the ISO?
Not needed. ISO has it all.
Fat probably won't work as the install.wim file within your iso is likely to be larger than 4GB. Fat allow a maximum file size of 4GB. For that reason you would either have to split any files larger than 4GB (the wim file), or use the utility I mentioned earlier which automatically takes care of that.
Ron DokkensirAuthor Commented:
Any opinions on ?

Does the tool make the USB bootable for you?
Is it compatible with any .iso?
Yes it does. I use to use this but found it slower.
Ron DokkensirAuthor Commented:
Gr8! Why is it so hard to find easy to read info about this?
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