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It is very common situation that server hardware as a standard option is configured without optical drive. I recently had to configure 5 XenServer hosts and install XenServer 6.2 on hardware with without cd-rom. Here are the steps I followed to get a working USB stick:

1. Download the XenServer 6.2 ISO.

2. Download and run Universal USB Installer (I used version 1.9.5.2).

3. Run Universal USB Installer and select the following options:

  • (1) Select “Try Unlisted Linux ISO”.
  • (2) Browse to your XenServer ISO.
  • (3) Select your USB Flash Drive Letter.
  • (4) If your drive is not yet FAT32 formatted check “We will format F:\ Drive as Fat32 “.
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Figure 1

4. Click Create and confirm action as it is shown on Figure 2

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Figure 2

5. Click Close when process is completed  

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Figure 3

6. Insert a USB stick into server port and start XenServer installation.