How to create Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 bootable USB media for deployment on UEFI based systems

Another awesome post from Dell Software Development Engineer Paul Marquardt. He published a blog, how to create Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 bootable USB media for deployment on UEFI based systems.

I would highly suggest you to read the blog. You can find it here.

Extending a Windows Server 2008 Boot Volume on Dell Compellent Storage Center


This document details the process of expanding the boot volume of a Windows 2008 Server from it’s original size without service interruption.

To download the document, please click here.

Mounting .vhd during OS boot via script

Hi Community,

in this blog I will show you how to mount a .VHD file during boot.

1. create a new .txt and type in:

select vdisk file=<filepath to vhd><vhd name>.vhd #example select vdisk file=d:\Brighteyes_Win7_installation.vhd

attach vdisk

2. create a new .bat file

diskpart -s “<filepath to .txt file>” #example “d:\scriptsautomount_data.txt”

3. copy both files on the same harddrive where the your .vhd are located. If you have .vhd files at different positions, copy them in your windows rootdirectory (subfolders are also ok)

4. now you have two options to run the script

Option 1: easiest but worstest way

a. create a link to the batchfile in your autostart folder

Option 2: good middleway

a. click right on the computer icon and select manage

b. Open the computer management and go on Task Scheduler

c. click on create task

d. under general please select:

Name: What ever you think

Discription: Mount VHD file xyz

select -> Run whether user is logged on or not: 

select -> Run with highest priviliges

select -> Configured for Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 

e. go on Triggers and klick new

f. select Trigger at startup and klick ok 

g. go on conditions and remove all marks from the checkboxes

h. go on settings and change following options

select -> allow task to be run on demand

select -> Run task as soon as possible after a scheduled task is missed

select -> after the task failed, restart every: 1 minute

select -> Attempt to restart up to: 3 times

select -> stop the task if it runs longer than: 1 houre

select -> ih the running task does not end when requested force it to stop

i. klick ok 

j. restart your OS and check if the HD is mounted

It is also possible to mount VHDs with local or group policy’s. I will explain this in one of my next blogposts.