During My Time In GMIT Castlebar, I had to do a project. The project I chose was, to build a Microsoft Server 2008 R2 from scratch both hardware and software wise.
I have started to study for Microsoft MCITP Certification, and I will doing the same again, like the project, except I will be using Vmware ESXi Virtual Server, (which is the server version of VmWare Workstation) instead of a physical machine
The first thing that needs to be done is to create a USB stick installation source instead of using a DVD to install
The advantages of using a USB stick is it only takes about 15 minutes to install Server 2008 R2, compared to 30 - 45 minutes using a DVD
There are 2 ways to do this
1) Microsoft method using the Diskpart Utility
Go here for instructions on how to create the USB install disk
What follows, are screen shots of Installing Server 2008 R2.