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Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 - USB Install and Intelligent Provisioning


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Hi all,

 

I've just received my new Gen8 microserver, which will be replacing my current power-hungry phenom home server. I'm still waiting for my Ebay CPU upgrade and RAM to arrive, but I thought I may as well install Hyper-V Server 2012 R2, which is currently installed on an old 500GB hard drive I had lying around. I used the intelligent provisioning which installed seemingly endless drivers for a good 20 minutes.

 

My question is, ideally I'd like to install Hyper-V Server on a USB stick so as not to lose a sata slot, as described here: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-au/library/jj733589.aspx. However, I'd like to be able to use Intelligent Provisioning so I don't have to try and use powershell to add all the drivers, which looks like a painful experience since there is no way to enumerate devices that don't have a driver. In addition, remote device manager doesn't work on Windows 8+ (have to use a Windows 7 or 2008 R2 client).

 

I was hoping someone here may have found a better way to either use intelligent provisioning with a USB install or is there a better way to load all the drivers once a vanilla install is performed?

 

Thanks in advance for any help.

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I can't help you with USB and Intelligent Provisioning, but I would like to urge you to check out your new server thoroughly before making any mods (such as a CPU swap). Power it up, install an OS, try the iLO; you know, kick the tires, take it for a spin. This will help in the event you run into issues during the upgrades/mods.

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