- USB Stick (at least 32GB)
- Computer with working Internet connection
Before following our USB Setup Guide, make sure, that you download Rufus, our latest PXimager and our Windows image from the links below. One can either download both the PXimager and Image separately, or a combined pack where the PXimager already contains a Version of an Image. This method is recommended for most installations. These packs are usually created on major Image updates and are found under the PXimager link. If the download has been successful one can continue with the Setup.
- Plug in you USB stick and open Rufus.
- Select the USB drive where you want to install the PXimager. In your case, that will be the previously plugged in one.
- Click on select, a file dialog will appear.
- In the file dialog that opened, locate the folder where our PXimager .iso file has been downloaded and select it. You need to select either the
PXimager .iso or the PXimager Image Pack (which is also an .iso file). If you select a Pixera Image Pack step 6 is already done for you.
- Make sure to select NTFS as target file system. Then click start. Be aware, that everything from the USB Stick will be removed completely.
- When Rufus has finished setting up the USB drive, one can copy the Windows Image (*.wim file) over to USB Stick into the “pximager/images” folder. If you installed a PXimager Image Pack this step has been done for you automatically and you should already have an Image in this folder. You can add multiple separately downloaded images (*.wim files) to this folder. Later in our installation process you can decide which version you want to install on your system.
- Start the server and press “DEL” on the keyboard to enter the BIOS.
- Locate the “Advanced” tab and select PCH SATA Configuration. Change the setting from RAID to AHCI (as shown below).
- Select PCH sSATA Configuration. Do the same, change the setting from RAID to AHCI.
- Locate the “Boot“ tab and change the boot mode from DUAL to UEFI (as shown below).
Booting into the PXimager environment
- Replace your old USB-Dongle with the new one.
- Connect a keyboard and the USB Stick you created before to your PIXERA server.
- Startup the server and repeatedly press "F11" until you see a text that says “Invoking Boot Menu…“ in the lower left corner.
- A list with devices should appear. Find your USB stick in the list. Select it via the arrow keys and continue by pressing “Enter” to up into the PXimager setup environment.
- Follow the instructions on the screen to install the Windows 10 image.
- You should be greeted with a menu that allows you to select whether you want to deploy/capture an image or shutdown/reboot the system.
- In your case select the “deploy image” item by entering number 1 and continue by pressing “Enter”.
- Now you should see all images on your USB Stick. Select the one you want to install on your system by entering the number leading the name and confirm with “Enter”.
- In the next menu you will be prompted to select the disk where the image should be installed on. Select the disk by entering the number again and confirm with “Enter”.
- Now you will see an overview of the changed that will be made to your system. Confirm the operation by entering “y” or abort with “n” or by entering nothing and continue “Enter”.
- The image will now be installed on the selected disk and the system will be prepared for the first boot. Please wait until this process is finished, do not unplug the USB- Stick or shutdown the device. This may take a few minutes depending on your setup.
- After the process is finished, continue with any key. Now enter “r” and press “Enter” to reboot the system.
- The system now will reboot a few times to finish configuration.
No disks are present in the PXimager installation target selection.
Verify that you changed the BIOS settings correctly. Configure SATA as AHCI.
No images are present in the PXimager menu.
Verify that there is an image file in the images folder on the USB-Stick.