Tag: USB

Windows Server 2019 USB Drive

Create a USB Drive for Windows Server 2019 Installation

This blog post covers how you can create a bootable USB media drive to install Windows Server 2019 on a physical server. This blog post will not use any third party tools; it only uses built-in tools which you can find on Windows 10 or Windows Server. Depending on your system you will need it to install it on a BIOS system or a UEFI based system, which is slightly different since UEFI will use GPT disks and BIOS will use an MBR disk.

Getting ready to create a USB Drive for a Windows Server 2019 Installation

First, you will need to have all the prerequisites in place.

  • Download the Windows Server 2019 ISO File
  • A USB Drive with at least 8GB size



diskpart-usb-drive

Create a USB Stick for Windows Server 2016 Installation

If you have download the latest version of Windows Server 2016 you can create a USB stick to install it on a physical server. This blog goes through how you create a USB Stick for Windows Server 2016.

For UEFI Systems:

  • The at least a 8GB USB drive has to be formatted in FAT32
  • The USB needs to be GPT and not MBR
  • Copy all files from the ISO to the USB drive

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This is it, and here is how you do it:

First plugin your USB drive to your computer. The USB drive should be bigger than 6GB.

Open a CMD prompt or PowerShell using the Run as Administrator option and open diskpart. Now you can do list all this by using

 
list disk

Select the USB disk, in my case this was disk 1

 
select disk 1

Clean the disk. Be careful this will remove all files and partitions on the USB media.

 
clean

Now convert it to GPT

 
convert gpt

Create a new primary partition. But make sure the partition is not greater than 16GB otherwise it can be formatted with FAT32.

 
create partition primary
 
# If your USB drive is bigger than 16GB use the following command
 
create partition primary size=16000

Format the partition with FAT32

 
format fs=FAT32 quick

Assign a drive letter to the volume

 
assign letter=k

now you can exit the diskpart and copy all files from the Windows or Windows Server to the USB drive and boot it. This works with Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016 or even Hyper-V Server in the same editions.

For MBR systems:

  • The at least a 8GB USB drive has to be formatted in FAT32
  • The USB needs to be MBR
  • Partition need so be set active
  • Copy all files from the ISO to the USB drive

diskpart-usb-drive-mbr

 

This is it, and here is how you do it:

First plugin your USB drive to your computer. The USB drive should be bigger than 6GB.

Open a CMD prompt or PowerShell using the Run as Administrator option and open diskpart. Now you can do list all this by using

 
list disk

Select the USB disk, in my case this was disk 1

 
select disk 1

Clean the disk. Be careful this will remove all files and partitions on the USB media.

 
clean

Create a new primary partition. But make sure the partition is not greater than 16GB otherwise it can be formatted with FAT32.

 
create partition primary
 
# If your USB drive is bigger than 16GB use the following command
 
create partition primary size=16000

Format the partition with FAT32

 
format fs=FAT32 quick

Set Active

 
active

Assign a drive letter to the volume

 
assign letter=k

now you can exit the diskpart and copy all files from the Windows or Windows Server to the USB drive and boot it. This works with Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016 or even Hyper-V Server in the same editions.

 

Important:

If Install.wim is larger than 4GB, you cannot copy the file to the drive, because of theFAT32 based partition limitation. The solutions for this is to split the wim file into smaller files.

split wim file using dism (you may have to change the drive letters):

 
dism /Split-Image /ImageFile:e:\sources\install.wim /SWMFile:k:\sources\install.swm /FileSize:4096

 



diskpart fat32 and gpt

How to create Windows Server bootable USB media for deployment on UEFI based systems

When you were create a USB media for PCs, notebooks and servers which were using BIOS you could use several tools to do this. Now most of the tools do not really create a USB media drive which can be used to boot and install Windows or Windows Server on a UEFI based system such a new servers and for example the Surface Pro line. But it is very simple to do this now, just follow this steps:

  • The USB drive has to be formatted in FAT32
  • The USB needs to be GPT and not MBR
  • Copy all files from the ISO to the USB drive

diskpart fat32 and gpt

PowerShell to create a Windows Server USB drive

This is it, and here is how you do it:

First plugin your USB drive to your computer. The USB drive should be bigger than 4GB.

Open a CMD prompt or PowerShell using the Run as Administrator option and open diskpart. Now you can do list all this by using

 
list disk

Select the USB disk, in my case this was disk 1

 
select disk 1

Clean the disk. Be careful this will remove all files and partitions on the USB media.

 
clean

Now convert it to GPT

 
convert gpt

Create a new primary partition. But make sure the partition is not greater than 16GB otherwise it can be formatted with FAT32.

 
create partition primary
 
# If your USB drive is bigger than 16GB use the following command
 
create partition primary size=16000

Format the partition with FAT32

 
format fs=FAT32 quick

Assign a drive letter to the volume

 
assign letter=k

now you can exit the diskpart and copy all files from the Windows or Windows Server to the USB drive and boot it. This works with Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016 or even Hyper-V Server in the same editions.

 



Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter

Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter

Some weeks ago I was in the US for a couple of days, I took advantage of that and visited the Microsoft Store to get a Microsoft Band which was unfortunately out of stock. But I found another great gadget, which as far as I know is only available in the US and Canada, called the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter. The Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter is basically a Miracast receiver, which you can use to project your Windows, Windows Phone or Android display wireless to another screen or projector.

Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter

The adapter has a HDMI port for the display signal and a USB port to power the adapter. You plug them in to your TV and after the adapter finished booting you can start connecting your Wireless Display. The Wireless Display Adapter does not only stream the video, it also allows you to stream audio.

Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter App

This is perfect not only at home, but also during meetings or presentations. With the Windows Store App for the Wireless Display Adapter you can also configure some settings like name or security for the adapter.

 

 



Windows 8: How to create a Windows To Go USB drive

Windows 8 Logo

Microsoft released a new feature called “Windows To Go” with Windows 8. With this feature it is possible to boot your Windows 8 from a USB drive on any PC. In this post I show you how you can do this.

Requirements

Step-by-Step

First let me show you my setup to begin with.

I have my System Drive (C:), the USB drive I want to use (E:) and the Windows 8 ISO mounted (F:)

Windows To Go

 

  1. Run diskpart
    Windows To Go
  2. With “list disk” you can list all your disk
    Windows To Go
  3. Now select your usb drive (select disk 1) and clean it. After that you can create a new partition and format that and close diskpart.
    select disk 1
    clean
    create partition primary
    format fs=ntfs quick
    active
    assign letter=e
    exit

    WindowsToGo05 Diskpart

  4. Now in my case the ISO is mounted as drive F:. Now with dism I can apply the Windows Image to my USB drive (E:)
    dism /apply-image /imagefile=f:\sources\install.wim /index:1 /applydir:e:\

    WindowsToGo

  5. Now you have to make this drive bootable
    bcdboot e:\windows /s e: /f ALL
  6. now you are done. You can now boot your USB drive. The first boot will take some time to setup.

If you want to know more about Windows To Go I recommend you the Microsoft session from the BUILD conference.

 



HP iPrint iOS App

HP iPrint 3.0

Yesterday Hewlett-Packard released iPrint version 3.0. And this is a perfect App for printing and scanning documents directly from your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. You can print to HP Network Printers or USB Printers. For example printers which are connected with the Apple Airport Extreme or Express USB port.

What’s New In Version 3.0

  • Print PDF and text documents
  • Native iPad resolution & user interface for enhanced iPad viewing and use
  • Document Support – View and wirelessly print attachments (text and PDF files) from mail clients and apps compatible with iOS “Document Support” feature (requires iPad and/or iPhone iOS 4)
  • WebDAV – Turns your device into a wireless flash drive. Copy documents directly from your PC or Mac to/from your device and take them with you
  • File Sharing support – When connected via USB cable, transfer documents to iPad & iPhone (iOS 4) from PC or Mac
  • Scan to device – Scan photos & documents wirelessly from HP e-All-in-One printers to iOS devices (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad)
  • Available in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish

Here you can find a list of printers which are supported with HP iPrint 3.0:



How to create a Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 Install USB Stick

Its very simple to create a Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 bootable USB Stick. Microsoft provides a tool called Windows 7 USB/DVD Tool. This tool also works for Windows Server 2008 R2.

  1. Download Windows 7 USB/DVD Tool and install it
  2. Start the programm and choose the .iso Image (Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2)
    Windows 7 USB/DVD Tool
  3. Choose which media you want to create (USB)
    Windows 7 USB/DVD Tool
  4. Choose USB device
    Windows 7 USB/DVD Tool
  5. Begin Copying and after some minutes your USB Stick is ready to use