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Installing and Configuring Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials

Updated: April 17, 2011

Applies To: Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials

This document provides step-by-step instructions for installing and configuring Windows SBS 2011 Essentials.

Before you begin

Find a suitable place to put your server before you run Windows SBS 2011 Essentials Setup. The location you choose must have an available, wired network connection to your broadband router or to a switch that is connected to your broadband router as shown in the diagram. Verify that the broadband router and switch, if used, are powered on and functioning properly. Then connect your server to an electrical outlet.

Server setup diagram

You install and configure Windows SBS 2011 Essentials in two steps:

  1. Install Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials

    In this step, you install the operating system on your server.

  2. Complete Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials Initial Configuration

    In this step, you complete the installation by providing information about your company, domain settings, and network administrator. This information is used to get the server ready for you to use.

If you experience problems while installing and configuring Windows SBS 2011 Essentials, review Troubleshooting Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials Installation to help you resolve those problems.

Install Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials

To install Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials

  1. Disconnect any external USB or FireWire (IEEE 1394) hard drives.

  2. Start from the Windows SBS 2011 Essentials Installation DVD.

    1. Place the DVD in the DVD drive of your server.

    2. Restart the computer from the DVD.

    3. The Windows SBS 2011 Essentials installation wizard starts.

  3. Click New Installation.

  4. Ensure that all of your internal hard disk drives are listed. If they are not, click Load drivers to add drivers for the internal hard disk drives that are not listed. For more information, see “Adding Storage Controller Drivers” in Troubleshooting Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials Installation.

  5. Click I understand that if I click Install, all files and folders on my primary hard drive will be deleted, and then click Install.

  6. The operating system is installed on your primary hard disk drive. This takes approximately 30 minutes.

  7. When the operating system installation completes, proceed to Complete Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials Initial Configuration.

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Complete Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials Initial Configuration

Windows SBS 2011 Essentials offers two ways to finish the initial configuration of your server:

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Complete the server configuration at the server console

To configure your server at the server

  1. Follow the instructions in the wizard to configure Windows SBS 2011 Essentials.

    noteNote
    On the Personalize your server page, you are asked to provide a name for the server. The server name must be a unique name on your network. You cannot change the name of your server after the installation finishes.

  2. Windows SBS 2011 Essentials should be remotely administered. You can perform administration tasks from a client computer after you install the Windows SBS 2011 Essentials Connector software. Proceed to How do I connect computers to the server?

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Complete the server configuration from a networked computer

To configure your server from a client computer

  1. When the regional settings page is displayed on the server, go to a computer that is connected to your network, open a browser window, type http://server in the address bar, and then click ENTER.

    noteNote
    If your web browser is Firefox, click F11 to ensure that the entire wizard page is visible on your monitor.

  2. Click the arrow button, and then click Run in the dialog box.

  3. If you are prompted, click Yes in the User Account Control dialog box.

  4. Follow the instructions in the wizard to configure Windows SBS 2011 Essentials.

    noteNote
    On the Personalize your server page, you are asked to provide a name for the server. The server name must be a unique name on your network. You cannot change the name of your server after the installation finishes.

  5. Windows SBS 2011 Essentials should be remotely administered. You can perform administration tasks from a client computer after you install the Windows SBS 2011 Essentials Connector software. Proceed to How do I connect computers to the server?

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