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  1. The notion of Windows booting from a USB sounds familiar when I firstly heard about Windows To Go. As a virtualization technology enthusiast, I have mentioned in my previous articles that softwares like Prayaya V3 and Hopedot VOS can be a very easy-to-mange portable workspace creator as well. An obvious resemblance between them is that you can take Windows home with you from work only with a tiny USB drive rather than a heavy laptop. But it’s Windows 8 this time. I have to admit that I am really looking forward to its final release in October. :biggrin: What we are talking here is not portable applications or something like that. It is about carrying the whole PC environment on a USB to any accessible PC or laptops. If you want to experiment with Windows To Go but do not want to order a new certified USB drive, you can create your own Windows To Go USB drive. Get ready a 32 GB or larger USB 3.0 drive (it can also be an external hard drive) and build the USB drive on at a Windows 7 or 8 PC. Another thing you need is Windows 8 DVD ISO and Windows 8 Developer Preview Product Key. The process is a little complicated in my view. What if you are using Windows 7, XP, Vista or older systems and you don’t have a 32GB 3.0 USB drive? Hopedot VOS will be a good choice for you to experiment how you can bring your corporate PC to your home PC. It only requires a fast speed USB (or external hard drive) and a PC using Windows 32 bits system. The installation of Hopedot VOS is as easy as any other standard softwares and takes less than 2 minutes. It’s no doubt that Windows To Go will bring great convenience for enterprises to improve employees’ productivity, to save on capital expenditures and to apply IT management for data security and disaster recovery etc. But still there are some shortcomings different from a traditional Windows installed on a local PC. As to where you are supposed to store documents, the solution is to save data in the cloud, more specifically Microsoft’s own SkyDrive, that is, you should have a Microsoft Account. I should say it’s not what I expect at this point. Both Prayaya V3 and Hopedot VOS can save data within the virtual environment and be taken to any PC without problem. Let’s take Hopedot VOS Security Edition for example. You only need to create a safe partition when you install Hopedot VOS on a USB drive. And then all the applications and data will be automatically encrypted into this safe partition and immediately accessible after the USB is plugged into the PC. :cool: Since the workspace is roaming from one PC to another laptop on a USB drive, the security issue matters a lot. Therefore, Windows To Go makes a sacrifice that the user’s local hard disk is inaccessible from the Windows TO GO environment, which guarantees that the Windows To Go workspace doesn’t get infected by any downloaded malware. Similarly, Hopedot VOS Security Edition also completely annihilates the access to the local hard drive to isolate the VOS virtual environment from the host PC. If users want to transfer data between the VOS system and the host Windows OS, the data must be imported or exported with pre-set data management password.
  2. Hi All, Sharing this wonderful step by step tutorial courtesy of Microsoft Technet. I don't claim this material, I am just sharing what I have found to help others. Reference: [Hidden Content] Windows To Go Step by Step Introduction Windows To Go workspace is an enterprise feature of Windows® 8 that enables users to boot Windows from a USB-connected external drive. Windows To Go drives can use the same image that enterprises use for their desktops and laptops, and can be managed the same way. Offering a new mobility option, Windows To Go workspace is not intended to replace desktops or laptops, or supplant other mobility offerings. Before you begin Have a Windows To Go certified USB drive. See the Windows To Go Design Document Hardware Considerations for more information Have a host system with Windows 8 Enterprise client installed (command line scripting will need any version of Windows 8 except for Windows RT and two free drive letters; the examples use S and W). A Windows 8 Enterprise sysprep generalized .WIM file (can be from install media or a captured custom Enterprise image). See Creating Images for more information about creating .WIM files. You may wish to review the Windows To Go Design and Windows To Go Deployment documents for additional information. Step by Step guide on building Windows To Go In this guide we are creating the operating system image that will be used on the Windows To Go drive. The preferred method for creating a single WTG device is to use the Windows To Go Creator Wizard. Alternatively you can do this manually using a combination of Windows PowerShell and command-line tools. ! Note The Windows To Go creator wizard is only available on Windows 8 Enterprise clients. To create a Windows To Go workspace with PowerShell commands The following Windows PowerShell cmdlets perform the same function as the preceding procedure. Enter each cmdlet on a single line, even though they may appear word-wrapped across several lines here because of formatting constraints. Ensure that only the USB drive you want to provision as a WTG device is connected. Launch an elevated Windows PowerShell prompt by pressing Win+Q, typing in powershell and then pressing Ctrl+Shift+Enter or right-clicking Windows Powershell and clicking Run as administrator. In the Windows PowerShell session type the following commands to partition a master boot record (MBR) disk for use with a FAT32 system partition and an NTFS-formatted operating system partition. This partition scheme can support computers that use either UEFI or BIOS firmware: #The following command will set $Disk to all USB drives with >20 GB of storage $Disk = Get-Disk | Where-Object {$_.Path -match "USBSTOR" -and $_.Size -gt 20Gb -and -not $_.IsBoot } #Clear the disk. This will delete any data on the disk. (and will fail if the disk is not yet initialized. If that happens, simply continue with ‘New-Partition…) Validate that this is the correct disk that you want to completely erase. # # To skip the confirmation prompt, append –confirm:$False Clear-Disk –InputObject $Disk[0] -RemoveData # This command initializes a new MBR disk Initialize-Disk –InputObject $Disk[0] -PartitionStyle MBR # This command creates a 350 MB system partition $SystemPartition = New-Partition –InputObject $Disk[0] -Size (350MB) -IsActive # This formats the volume with a FAT32 Filesystem # To skip the confirmation dialog, append –Confirm:$False Format-Volume -NewFileSystemLabel "UFD-System" -FileSystem FAT32 ` -Partition $SystemPartition # This command creates the Windows volume using the maximum space available on the drive. The Windows To Go drive should not be used for other file storage. $OSPartition = New-Partition –InputObject $Disk[0] -UseMaximumSize Format-Volume -NewFileSystemLabel "UFD-Windows" -FileSystem NTFS ` -Partition $OSPartition # This command assigns drive letters to the new drive, the drive letters chosen should not already be in use. Set-Partition -InputObject $SystemPartition -NewDriveLetter "S" Set-Partition -InputObject $OSPartition -NewDriveLetter "W" # This command toggles the NODEFAULTDRIVELETTER flag on the partition which prevents drive letters being assigned to either partition when inserted into a different machine. Set-Partition -InputObject $OSPartition -NoDefaultDriveLetter $TRUE Next you need to apply the operating system image that you want to use with Windows To Go on the operating system partition you just created on the disk (this will take up to 30 minutes or longer, depending on the size of the image and the speed of your USB connection). The following command shows how this can be accomplished using the -RemoveData # This command initializes a new MBR disk Initialize-Disk –InputObject $Disk[0] -PartitionStyle MBR # This command creates a 350 MB system partition $SystemPartition = New-Partition –InputObject $Disk[0] -Size (350MB) -IsActive # This formats the volume with a FAT32 Filesystem # To skip the confirmation dialog, append –Confirm:$False Format-Volume -NewFileSystemLabel "UFD-System" -FileSystem FAT32 ` -Partition $SystemPartition # This command creates the Windows volume using the maximum space available on the drive. The Windows To Go drive should not be used for other file storage. $OSPartition = New-Partition –InputObject $Disk[0] -UseMaximumSize Format-Volume -NewFileSystemLabel "UFD-Windows" -FileSystem NTFS ` -Partition $OSPartition # This command assigns drive letters to the new drive, the drive letters chosen should not already be in use. Set-Partition -InputObject $SystemPartition -NewDriveLetter "S" Set-Partition -InputObject $OSPartition -NewDriveLetter "W" # This command toggles the NODEFAULTDRIVELETTER flag on the partition which prevents drive letters being assigned to either partition when inserted into a different machine. Set-Partition -InputObject $OSPartition -NoDefaultDriveLetter $TRUE Next you need to apply the operating system image that you want to use with Windows To Go on the operating system partition you just created on the disk (this will take up to 30 minutes or longer, depending on the size of the image and the speed of your USB connection). The following command shows how this can be accomplished using the Booting your Windows To Go workspace Now that your workspace is ready you have two primary options for booting, using either the new Windows 8 startup options or configuring your machines firmware. <a name="Enable_the_Windows_To_Go_Startup_options">Enable the Windows To Go Startup options Click Win+W Type "Change Windows To Go startup options", click enter Select Yes Click Save Changes Booting your Windows To Go workspace Now that your workspace is ready you have two primary options for booting, using either the new Windows 8 startup options or configuring your machines firmware. <a name="Enable_the_Windows_To_Go_Startup_options">Enable the Windows To Go Startup options Click Win+W Type "Change Windows To Go startup options", click enter Select Yes Click Save Changes Set the firmware boot order to USB first. Reference your machines user manual for instructions.
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