Microsoft posted a documentation on “how to deploy Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 on USB Flash drive”. Even cooler than booting Hyper-V off of a USB device is the fact that what we’re doing here’s booting a VHD with Hyper-V installed on it off of a USB device:
- Download BootHVSR2FromUSB tool, with this tool all you’ve to do is:
- Install Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK)
- Grab Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 and either burn it to a DVD or mount it with a virtual CD program
- Connect your USB flash device
- Run tool (step 1) As Administrator
- Select your USB flash device as your target disk
- Warning! You can select any disk in your system and it’ll get formatted. Make sure to select your USB flash disk, and you don’t have any data on the disk.
- Click on Create Blank VHD button and choose a temporary location for VHD
- Locate your copy of INSTALL.WIM file from Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2
- Hit Start button and wait a short time (~30 minutes on my system) for everything to be setup
- When it is finished you can now take your USB flash disk and boot a system off of it. Once you’ve completed standard Hyper-V Server post installation configuration – you can connect to system remotely and start partying with Hyper-V.
More info: TechNet