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Installing and Configuring Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials


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

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:

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.

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

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