Create a Bootable USB Key for ImageUltra Network Deployments

Information:

This document will walk you through the process of creating a bootable USB key for ImageUltra network deployments. The requirements are a USB key in 1Gb or larger size, the ImageUltra USB deploy media zip file found on the shareware.unc.edu site, and access to an administrative command prompt on a Windows 7 or Windows 8 machine.

Warning!!! You will be using the DiskPart command line tool to prepare the USB key. All data on the USB drive will be erased. Make sure you have removed any files you want to keep before proceeding.

Warning!!! Using the DiskPart utility can be dangerous if used incorrectly. This tool modifies drive partitions and can easily be used to erase your local hard drive. Please proceed with caution.

Prepare the USB Key:

  1. Connect the USB key to your computer.
  2. Open an administrative command prompt and type: diskpart
  3. At the diskpart prompt type: list disk
  4. Take note of the disk number for the USB key. For this example I’ll be using disk 1. If yours is different, please change the following command to match your disk number and type: select disk 1
  5. Now that the correct disk is selected you can erase it by typing: clean
  6. Now you will need to create a new partition, type: create partition primary
  7. Next you will format the new partition by typing: format fs=fat32 quick
  8. When the format completes you need to set the partition active, this will make it bootable. Type: active
  9. You’re done. Type: exit
  10. Extract contents of .zip file to the USB key.

Now that you have a properly prepared USB key, download and extract the contents of the ImageUltra USB deploy media to the root of the USB key. When this has completed you will have bootable USB media that can be used for ImageUltra deployments.