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How to install Parallels Cloud Server or Parallels Server Bare Metal from USB drive

Article ID: 113032, created on Dec 20, 2011, last review on Dec 16, 2014

APPLIES TO:
  • Parallels Cloud Server 6.0

Information

Parallels Cloud Server 6 is based on CloudLinux 6.6, and it is possible to install it from a USB stick by following the same instructions as those for other Red Hat-based Linux distributions.

Using mkinst_flash script on Linux/Mac OS

Starting from Parallels Cloud Server 6, the mkinst_flash script is supplied on the installation ISO image:

~# mkdir /mnt/iso
~# mount -o loop parallels-server-6.0.8-2536-x86_64.iso /mnt/iso
~# /mnt/iso/mkinst_flash
Checking parameters...
Usage: mkinst_flash ParallelsCloudServer.iso /dev/flash_dev [ --efi | --mbr ]
"mkinst_flash parallels-server-6.0.0-149-x86_64.iso /dev/sdb" for example
Cleaning up...

This script can be run on majority of Linux distributions, and Mac OS.

  • To install Parallels Cloud Server on a server with a traditional MBR, run this command:

    ~# /mnt/iso/mkinst_flash   --mbr
    
  • To install Parallels Cloud Server on a server with (U)EFI, run this command:

    ~# /mnt/iso/mkinst_flash   --efi
    

Note: Running the script without the --mbr or --efi option will create a "hybrid" bootable drive suitable for both MBR and (U)EFI. However, it may not work on some specific firmware interfaces. In that case, create a bootable drive using an appropriate option as described above.

Note: This script can be used with an ISO image of Parallels Cloud Server 6.0 update 8 and later, previous versions need to be converted with isohybrid and can be loaded in systems with MBR boot only.

Using Win32 Disk Imager on Windows

To make a bootable USB drive on Windows, you can use the Win32 Disk Imager tool.

The installation image of Parallels Cloud Server contains a hybrid loader, it is possible to create a bootable USB stick using this tool.

Note: Creating an USB bootable drive with this tool will create a "hybrid" bootable drive suitable for both MBR and (U)EFI. However, it may not work on some specific firmware interfaces. In that case, create a bootable drive using an appropriate option as described above.

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