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Installing Windows Server onto a server that has no DVD drive fitted


Optical drives such as DVD-ROM/RW are no longer included as standard in most off-the-shelf servers. They're seen as old technology that is typically only used for OS installation and then no longer needed. As such, vendors provide alternative methods for OS installation, in order to do away with the optical drives.

Remote management software such as HPE iLO, Dell iDRAC, Fujitsu iRMC or Lenovo XClarity allow installations remotely over the network, if you have a networked computer with an ISO or optical drive available.

If you're on-site, you can use an external USB optical drive if you have one to hand. If not, you can also use a laptop or desktop PC with an optical drive to create a bootable USB drive (recommended at least 16GB capacity) which your server can then use as installation media. If configuring a HPE ProLiant server, it is recommended that you use the 'HPE USB Key Utility' tool to generate the bootable USB media. For other brands of server, you can use software such as Rufus for this purpose. Ensure that 'GPT partition scheme' and 'UEFI target system' options are selected when prompted.

We always recommend using the embedded deployment manager to guide your OS installation. This is because these deployment managers include drivers for things like storage and network controllers that are required for installation. Whilst manual installation is possible without, you may need to source and provide these drivers as part of the installation process.

The name of this installation manager differs between vendors: -

  • HPE: Intelligent Provisioning
  • Dell: Lifecycle Controller
  • Fujitsu: ServerView Installation Manager
  • Lenovo: ThinkServer Deployment Manager

All of the above offer similar features - An easy-to-use GUI allowing you to update firmware, create and manage RAID arrays, networking, remote management settings and deploy operating systems.


Suitable USB flash drives and optical drives in stock...


TEAM TC145316GL01 | serversplus.com

TEAM 16GB USB 3.0 Blue USB Flash Drive

16GB USB 3.0 Blue USB Flash Drive  see details

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TEAM TC175316GB01 | serversplus.com

TEAM  C175 16GB USB 3.1 Black USB Flash Drive

Team C175 16GB USB 3.1 Black USB Flash Drive  see details

 £2.85 ex. VAT

£3.42 inc. VAT


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Manu. part ID TC175316GB01

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LITE-ON LiteOn eBAU108 Black Ultra Slender USB 2.0 External Optical Drive

LiteOn eBAU108 Black Ultra Slender USB 2.0 External Optical Drive  see details

 £21.78 ex. VAT

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Manu. part ID EBAU108

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