Install Windows Server 2012 R2 On Dell PowerEdge Server From A USB Flash Drive

As part of my evaluation of Windows Server 2012 I needed to install the operating system on an old Dell PowerEdge 1950.  As this server is old I decided not to use the Dell System Build and Update Utility DVD and instead chose to install Windows from a USB flash drive as it’s much faster than using a DVD.

In order to install from USB, obtain an ISO file containing the Windows installation files.  Next, download and install the Windows 7 USB/DVD tool http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool .  Start the tool and follow the wizard to extract the ISO files onto a USB drive of 4GB or greater and make the USB drive bootable.

When starting the server I selected the BIOS boot order and selected the USB flash drive, but received a boot error.  In order to enable USB boot, enter the BIOS and change the USB Flash Drive Emulation Type to Hard Drive.  Reboot and USB boot will work.

USB Boot

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5 thoughts on “Install Windows Server 2012 R2 On Dell PowerEdge Server From A USB Flash Drive

  1. Jon Gaul

    Cheers for this, I have been scratching my head this morning trying to get it working! Worked perfectly on a PowerEdge 2950. 🙂

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    1. d.pelletrat@free.fr

      Hi Jon Gaul ,

      Can you explain , how ‘ve u done the installation ?
      I meet a problem durin installation (USB Boot)
      Windows 2012 r2 ask me “load driver for disk ”
      I ‘ve raid 5 on PE 2950.

      Have u met this problem ?

      Thx
      Dom

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      1. richardstk Post author

        I booted from a USB stick. The drivers for the Dell PERC were included within Windows. I didn’t have to provide any additional drivers during installation.

  2. d.pelletrat@free.fr

    Ok thx for your answer..
    I fixed the problem.
    In BIOS , you have to enable INTEL virtualization mode ,
    W2K12 R2 uses WOW64 , i ‘m not sure but it’s a type of emulation….

    In sum..
    That ‘s OK for me ,W2k12 r2 installed on Dell PE 2950

    Bye
    Dom

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  3. tech-admin

    It worked on my Dell Power Edge 2950! I changed the USB Flash Drive Emulation Type to “Hard Drive” as instructed. It wouldn’t work when the USB Flash Drive Emulation Type was “Auto”

    Reply

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