Making Bootable USB sticks on Windows

Just because I always forget.. All of my workstations are Macs, which I then use to connect to my vSphere and Hyper-V labs. This can make it a challenge to create bootable Windows-based USB sticks for my servers. I used to use unetbootin for Mac, but I found it worked well for my ESX servers (sometimes), but not Windows.

After trial and error, I’ve found that running a Windows VM on my Mac, then burning a Windows ISO to USB works best when using Rufus.

Oh also, if you’re installing esx on a Shuttle and your Realtek NIC doesn’t work, this guide will help enable the proper drivers.

Chrissy is a PowerShell MVP who has worked in IT for nearly 20 years, and currently serves as a Sr. Database Engineer in Belgium. Always an avid scripter, she attended the Monad session at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles back in 2005 and has worked and played with PowerShell ever since. Chrissy is currently pursuing an MS in Systems Engineering at Regis University and helps maintain in her spare time. She holds a number of certifications, including those relating to SQL Server, SuSE Linux, SharePoint and network security. She recently became co-lead of the SQL PASS PowerShell Virtual Chapter. You can follow her on Twitter at @cl.

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