I planned to format my server to Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 but realize my DVD rom has faulty which I don’t think I want to replace it since I hardly use since 3 years ago. Therefore it is time for me to make use of my 8GB USB thumb drive which I‘ve received during Microsoft DDC training.
Just a simple few step and command.
1. Format USB thumb drive to FAT32 using diskpart.
2. Refer to below command
|E:\boot\bootsect.exe /NT60 h:|
4. Execute below command to copy all contents from dvdrom to usb thumb drive. You can copy direct using GUI but make sure hidden files is selected as well.
xcopy E:\*.* /s /e /f h:\
E drive= my laptop dvdrom
H drive= my USB thumb drive
5. Configure the server to boot from USB on the BIOS.
6. Plug the USB thumb drive at the rear of the server. Sometimes, I try to plug on the front but it wont boot. Therefore, just try whichever is working for you.
Since then, I just carry USB thumb drive when I want to install Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (full installation) rather than CD. Nice and neat !