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Install Guide

Boot from USB

Note: The following guide covers the install process using a USB boot device created in previous documentation that can be found here. For large scale deployments using our Enterprise or Education editions, CloudReady can also be installed using the most common mass deployment tools, documented here.
Plug the CloudReady USB installer into your device.

1. Plugin the CloudReady USB installer:
"To permanently install CloudReady on the target device, each computer needs to start or "boot" from the CloudReady USB installer that you created in the previous step.  This process is called USB booting, and all computers models certified to work with CloudReady are capable of it.

  • Make sure the chosen device is turned off.
  • Plug in the USB installer into an available USB slot on the target device.

2. Initiate Custom Boot: 

Power on the machine while repeatedly pressing the machine's special boot key.  This special boot key varies between different computer manufacturers. 

Below is a list of the most common models and their corresponding keystroke:

Dell Tap F12 when the Dell logo is displayed.
HP Tap F9 when the HP logo is displayed.
Lenovo Tap F12 when the Lenovo logo is displayed.
Apple Hold Option (next to the ⌘ key) when the computer first turns on.
Toshiba Tap F12 or F2 when the Toshiba logo appears.
Acer Tap F12 as the Acer logo appears.
Other Try tapping Esc, F1-12, or Enter during bootup.

3. Boot from USB:

If the correct keystrokes were made, a menu will appear that will display a number of boot options.  Use the arrow keys to highlight and the enter key on your keyboard to select the USB device that represents your CloudReady USB installer. 

Note: Depending on the specifics of your machine, your USB installer will be described on the menu as "USB device", "USB storage", or a name that matches the brand of the USB flash manufacturer.  

4. CloudReady Launch: 

If you selected the correct boot device, you will see a white splash screen with the CloudReady logo, as shown below: 

To proceed with next steps, choose the CloudReady edition you're installing below.