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 Cloud and Datacenter Management & Data Platform MVP who has worked in IT for over 20 years. She is the creator of the popular SQL PowerShell module dbatools, and holds a number of certifications, including those relating to SQL Server, Linux, SharePoint and network security. You can follow her on Twitter at @cl.

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