All of our Hyper-V hosts whether standalone or clustered 1U/2U nodes have a permanent flash drive plugged into the server.
They also have an Intel RMM, Dell iDRAC Enterprise, or HP iLO Advanced set up for full remote KVM over IP access.
We can then flatten and restore that host to production worthy status in about 30-45 minutes. PowerShell has a lot to do with the ability to make this happen as far as post OS configuration.
Here's how we do it:
- List Disk
- Select Disk x (flash)
- Create Partition Primary
- Select Partition 1
- Format FS=NTFS Quick Label=”HV_Node-01”
- Have the host OS ISO mounted and copy its ENTIRE contents to the root of the flash drive.
- We then create the following folders in the root of the flash drive:
What goes into those folders:
- Drivers = obvious
- Utilities = things like HVRemote, the bind tools, ETC
- Software = Server Management software
We _never_ back up the host. Period.
Once the host OS has been set up please make sure that having that USB flash drive permanently plugged in does not interfere with the host's boot process by verifying the boot order and USB boot settings in the BIOS.
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