Stand Alone Media and USB 3

I’m testing some Stand Alone USB Media for deployment of Windows 7 and 8…

Ran in to a few problems…

First off, it’s not to easy to find a USB-Stick with at least 32 Gb that is bootable.
We found that Kingston DataTraveler R3.0 (rubber like casing) works OK to boot from…

Second, keep the volume size under 32 GB.
Since it will be a FAT32 Volume you need to create a partition at 32 (or less) GB. (Remember that it needs to be active)

Third, when using a USB3 port on the computer you will probably run in to problems if you try to install USB3-drivers.
Workaround is to plug the stick in to a USB2 port.

Fourth, when only having USB3 ports you can run in to issues accessing the files.
A simple workaround is to get a simple USB-Hub that uses USB2… with that you will downgrade your USB3-stick to a USB2-stick and everything works just fine. 🙂

Fifht, when using custom scripts in MDT you might run in to issues if you use “Start in” and then point out something like “%deployroot%\MyScripts” as folder and a command line like “cscript script.vbs”
To solve this, use a command line like “cscript %DeployRoot%\MyScripts\script.vbs” and empty out the “Start in” folder.

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