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Local Network Adapter Information (OEM)

Your computer has more than one network adapter installed. To continue, you must select the network adapter that will be used to access your local network.

When your server has two network adapters, it functions as the gateway to keep your local network separate from the Internet. One network adapter connects your server to the local network (client computers). The second network adapter connects to the device used to connect to the Internet, as shown in Figure 1.

Windows Small Business Server network

Figure 1 - Local network vs. Internet

For more information about this configuration, see Appendix B, "Understanding Your Network," of Getting Started.

To determine which network adapter to select for your local network

  1. Disconnect the network cable for each network adapter.
  2. Reconnect the network cable for the network adapter that you will use to access your local network.
  3. Label the cable used to connect to your local network as the "Server local area connection" to prevent confusion with other cables.
  4. On the Local Network Adapter Information page, under the Status column, click the network adapter with a status of Connected.
    Note that it may take several minutes for the operating system to verify the network connection once you reconnect the network cable.

     

    Status Description

    Connected

    Specifies that the network cable for the selected network adapter is connected to a hub, and the adapter is enabled.

    Disconnected

    Specifies that the network adapter is detected, but it is not connected to a hub, or the hub does not have power.

Note

  • Setup disables all network adapters on the server except the one used to access your local network. Your settings on the disabled adapters are preserved. After Setup is complete, the To Do List appears. Complete the Connect to Internet task to configure your Internet connection and enable your external network adapter.
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