Hyper-V Program Manager
A while ago we announced that Microsoft Hyper-V Server R2 would support booting off of a USB flash device. We have now provided detailed documentation on how to set this up. Even cooler than booting Hyper-V off of a USB device – is the fact that what we are doing is booting a VHD with Hyper-V installed on it off of a USB device:
If you are like me – you will probably think: “Cool! I have to check that out!” And then after looking over that page you will think: “Eh, that seems like a lot of work…”
Thankfully Paul Despe has made a little tool that makes this dead simple. You can grab it from here:
With this tool all you have to do is:
When it is finished you can now take your USB flash disk and boot a system off of it. Once you have completed the standard Hyper-V Server post installation configuration – you can connect to the system remotely and start partying with Hyper-V.
You may be wondering why we are letting you do this. Well that is captured at the top of the TechNet article, to quote:
… The scenario described in this document is only supported for original equipment manufacturers (OEM) … … A Hyper-V Server UFD can provide virtualization capability for servers that ship with no local hard disks, and it offers the same functionality and flexibility as a Hyper-V Server installation on a physical hard-drive …
… The scenario described in this document is only supported for original equipment manufacturers (OEM) …
… A Hyper-V Server UFD can provide virtualization capability for servers that ship with no local hard disks, and it offers the same functionality and flexibility as a Hyper-V Server installation on a physical hard-drive …
The idea here is that OEMs / System Builders that want to make diskless Hyper-V servers (where the virtual machines are stored on some form of central storage) can do so by sticking some cheap flash storage on the disk.
Myself, I just like the idea of having a Hyper-V server with me ready to go at anytime
Some notes to be aware of include:
As a final note – I did not have an 8GB flash device handy for testing this out – so I actually set this up using my PlayStation Portable (PSP). And it works! Now I just have to figure out how to keep Hyper-V on my PSP and still use it for playing games.
Check this tool to create Hyper-V R2 bootable USB sticks.
Follows the technet article steps.
Don't trust me :-)
I think it works though, but I have tested it only on two machines.