Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Hiccups

So, I recently was trying to put together a copy of SharePoint 2013 on Windows Server 2012, on a box that came with Windows 8.  My initial hope was to build a VHD and just have it capable of being transported around easily, but this caused issues.

The more I played with it, the harder it was to get Windows Server 2012 to install at all!  All sorts of trips through bcdedit and bcdboot were fruitless.  So were my attempts at using an easier editor on top.

Even throwing a simple partition on is difficult to install to.  The end result was that I had to go back to the tried and true method -- dump the install to a bootable flash drive.  After doing this, everything went peachy.

For anyone else having issues, this is the only way I was capable of dual-booting Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, after playing with it in the evenings for a couple of weeks.