How to boot from a USB device or optical media

Published On: October 6th, 2020

When you can’t PXE boot (network boot) because a DHCP relay hasn’t been configured, or because your device doesn’t have an Ethernet adapter, the next best way to set up a PC or server is with a bootable USB device.

Create a bootable USB Flash Drive

  1. Insert a USB flash drive that is OK to wipe
  2. Run the following script:
  3. For UEFI systems, you may need to choose the MBR or GPT option for UEFI

Create a bootable DVD

  1. Burn the following ISO:

Manually specifying the server name

While booting from a USB flash drive or optical media, if broadcasts are not reaching the aiden server, you will receive an error “There was a problem initializing WDS mode”.

  1. Close the error message.
  2. Press shift-F10 (or Fn-Shift-F10) to open a command prompt
  3. Type:
    X:\Setup.exe /wds /wdsdiscover /wdsserver:<ServerName>

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