How to install and run Hyper-v Server 2012 R2 on USB

Install HyperV Server 2012 using USB drive

Blog by Raihan Al-Beruni


 Note: The following steps work for Hyper-v 2012 R2. You have to use SConfig tool to configure basic Hyper-v settings such as remote administration and networking. When you boot server using this USB stick containing .vhdx file, Setup begins. You can then select preferred option.

How to install Hyper-v Server 2012 R2 on USB

Step1: Install Windows WAIK on a Windows 8 PC

You will see DISM.exe in C:Program Files (x86)Windows Kits8.0Assessment and Deployment KitDeployment Toolsamd64DISM

Step2: Extract Windows Server 2012 R2 and copy install.wim file in C:Win2012R2ISO location

Step3: Create VHDX file

Open elevated command prompt, issue the following command step by step

mkdir c:Win2012R2


create vdisk file=c:Win2012R2HYPV2012R2.vhdx maximum=81920 type=fixed

where 81920 is 80GB.

select vdisk file=c:Win2012R2 HYPV2012R2.vhdx

attach vdisk

create partition primary

assign letter=r

format quick fs=ntfs label=HYPV2012R2


Step4: Apply install.wim file

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