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    Installing Server 2003 from a Memory Stick

    Hi Guys, has anyone tried to do the above? I've been trying various guides around on the internet to no success so far I've got two systems which need Server 2003 on with no optical drives, I'm starting to think I'll be better to just go and buy an external CD drive, any ideas?

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    USB DVD Drive would be the easiest option, followed by PXE boot imho

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    Should be possible using BartPE and a bit of faffing but an external CD would be quicker/easier and will always come in handy. Can pick them up on ebay for ~8 (CD only) or ~15 (CD/DVD slimline)

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    I played around with this and XP, but couldn't come up with a satisfactory solution. Windows 2008 and 7 are better for USB boot.
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    Microsoft actually have a nice little tool for making bootable USB versions of the Windows 7 installer, dunno if it works with Server 2008.

    We just have a USB CD/DVD drive that we leave in the racks for this situation as it's a lot easier. A KVM with virtual media support is also a more expensive way of doing it, as long as you have a good connection to the KVM from wherever you have the ISO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony-HD View Post
    I'm starting to think I'll be better to just go and buy an external CD drive, any ideas?
    For an older O/S it's often the only way

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    Hm, I did post in this thread when it was first created... It included a link to a USB tool, said its waiting for mods approval. Guess they haven't accepted it yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by othelloRob View Post
    For an older O/S it's often the only way
    Cheers, it's what a ended up doing in the end, I remember getting it to work a while ago, but it's just too much hassle and not worth the time!

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    I have installed server 2003 and 2008 servers from USB with no issues.

    https://rufus.akeo.ie/ and https://unetbootin.github.io/ are the best USB Bootable Software for windows installation from USB.

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