Hyper-V 2008 R2 is 1.50 GB big, so it cannot be burned to a CD-RW media. the media needs to be either DVD-RW or a USB flash drive with 2 GB of free space or more. I know the DVD media is widely used for Hyper-V installations, but I find the installation from a USB drive to be quicker. so if want to save some time installing Hyper-V here is a 10 minutes procedure on how to make a USB drive bootable with Hyper-V 2008 R2.
In this tutorial I assume you are using Windows 7 and you have a USB thumb drive with 2 GB of capacity ore more. also, the USB drive needs to be formatted so make sure you don’t destroy important data in the process.
let’s get started.
- Run CMD.EXE as administrator:
at the command prompt type Diskpart:
then type List disk
your USB drive is Disk 1
type Select Disk 1
then type Clean
then type Create partition primary
then format the drive with this command : format fs=fat32 quick
then type Active
now extract the ISO image using an extractor tool like WinRar, and copy the content of Hyper-V server to the USB drive we just prepared above.
after you copy the server content, boot the computer from the USB drive. the windows 2008 installation setup should start.