Plan for Windows SBS 2011 Standard
Prepare to deliver Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard with tools and resources to help you inventory applications and hardware, assess compatibility, and prepare your network.
Prepare to install and deploy
Upgrade operating systems on client computers
Ensure that you're running an operating system that Windows SBS 2011 Standard supports.
Connect computers on your network
Identify your existing network topology by using the information in the peer-to-peer vs. server-based networks section of this document. Then follow the steps to determine how to add the computer to the network where you plan to install Windows SBS 2011 Standard.
Verify your router setup
Verify that your router supports the UPnP framework and it is set up properly.
Check for updated drivers and application compatibility
During installation, Windows SBS 2011 Standard attempts to check your hardware and reports potential conflicts.
Complete the Windows SBS 2011 Standard Installation Worksheet
Use this worksheet to record the information that you will supply during installation about where to install Windows SBS 2011 Standard.
Explore installation and deployment options
This topic contains up-to-date information to help you correctly install and configure Windows SBS 2011 Standard. You should review this topic before you install your Windows SBS 2011 Standard network.
Before You Install
Tasks to complete before you begin your installation of Windows SBS 2011 Standard.
Background information about server-based networking
If you are new to server-based networking, this topic contains conceptual information to help you understand how to set up your network and the purpose of some of the information that you collect before you install Windows SBS 2011 Standard.