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Creating bootable USB media for Server 2022

Unable to boot to USB install media for Server 2022.  I have created the USB media with a couple different methods, starting with Rufus (according to a guide on creating USB media for Server 2022), and Windows 7 USB/DVD tool.  The server will detect them as plugged into a USB port, but finds nothing to boot on the media?  The drive visibly contains the files I would expect to see.  Is there a Media creation tool for Server 2022?

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Jason Johanknecht

8/22/2022 - Mon

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Jason Johanknecht

I think you may have found my issue.  I double checked the FAT32 format, and it is NTFS.  Now that could have been from a later wipe and create image, but that would 100% be a problem.  Will recreate and test.

Jason Johanknecht

The ISO image forces Rufus to format the drive as NTFS.  Even though it is currently FAT32.  How do I get around this?
FYI, the instructions for UEFI secure boot, state that the USB media must be formatted as NTFS.  
I am testing with your suggestion for media creation now.

I don't use Rufus, so I wouldn't know. The problem with FAT32 is that the maximum Filesize it supports is about 4GB, & the current Windoze isos are larger. So if Rufus saves the complete iso on the stick, that wouldn't work, probably. The difference with WinDetupFromUSB is that, if it comes to an iso that is too large for FAT32, it splits the file so it can be saved even on FAT32. Even if the utility used doesn't save the iso on the stick, it may still fail, as probably the install.wim file (or whatever it is called), is probably larger than those 4GB.
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5.5GB ISO for 2022