Can you create a bootable USB flash drive to install Windows Server 2012 for example? Yes you can as this TechNet article demonstrates:
In fact, you can even boot the standalone Microsoft Hyper-V Server from a USB flash drive as explained here:
This post by Blain Barton, a Senior IT Pro Evangelist at Microsoft, explains how to boot to VHD with Windows Server 2012 using a flash drive:
The next post from The IT Pro Exchange blog on TechNet demonstrates you can use the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool for installing Windows Server 2012 from USB flash drives:
Of course this works with Windows Server 2012 R2 as well as MVP Thomas Balkestahl explains here:
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