making portable win7 (srv08) vmware issue

Discussion in 'Computing and Networks' started by electronis whiz, Jul 16, 2013.

  1. electronis whiz

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    i'm trying to make a portable windows server install. because internal drive size, test setup. I want this to be a usb boot just do off bios.
    I found info on doing this for win7 server nearly same os so should work.
    I downloaded VMware workstation trial version.
    I did all the steps up to starting the VM. all worked with no issue. I saw is said make sure usb is attached to the VMware program. I looked up how to do that and tried, but is grayed out. I even added the usb controller back. I tried a thumb drive also thinking maybe windows saw the external hard disk as fixed, but no difference. the vm is off, and when try to start fails because drive is not attached.

    link to article:
    http://ftanada.wordpress.com/2009/02/15/install-windows-7-on-a-usb-stickflash-drive/

    I goggled the issue few people have, but most are because host is pulling before VMware. I even ejected them in host os and still same issue. nobody seems to know what the reason it is grayed out is. thought maybe somebody here has dealt with VMware before and know a bit more since this is my first time with anything VMware.

    if anybody can think of a better way to make bootable windows install I can try that's fine also. this is my preferred method, but can clean off my C: and do dual boot if nothing else. want to try hyper-v which only runs on bare metal so no way to do in vpc or virtual box.

    thanks
     
  2. LDC3

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    Has the drive been formatted with FAT32? Most USB drives are formatted with FAT. I believe that windows needs the larger sector size.
     
  3. electronis whiz

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    the drive has been formatted with directions in that link to NTFS default sectors, boot sector from image copied to it also.
     
  4. LDC3

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    According to Peter Winchester in the messages on the website:

     
  5. electronis whiz

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    I kind of looked at those before, but didn't recall issue like this mentioned. meant to do after posted here see if there was anything. I know what there talking about, but I don't think is the issue i'm having. seems related to VMware itself. I have tried ejecting them from the host OS and works, but don't change the issue in VMware. that is basically what there doing there. VMware didn't require reboot when installed so that could be issue also. try reboot see what happens. other virtualization products I've used don't require either so felt be fine just start working with it. try restart see what happens. I'll also try what there talking about, but be surprised if different from ejecting.
     
  6. electronis whiz

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    I looked at a bunch of those. thinking issue may relate to host OS. many said that win7 was causing issues when used as host OS. so probably going to try on XP. realized also simple to make comment on there so I asked about there too.
     
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