Installing Windows Small Business Server 2011 (part 1) - Performing a Clean Windows SBS 2011 Installation

9/25/2012 9:20:18 PM
Once your hardware is in place and you have made all the necessary decisions, you are ready to perform the Windows SBS 2011 installation. Considering all that the setup process accomplishes, the installation process for Windows SBS 2011 is remarkably easy. A clean installation (that is, an installation performed on a blank hard disk) requires only a small amount of interaction; the setup program does nearly everything itself. Migrations from earlier versions of Windows SBS are a bit more problematic, however.

1. Performing a Clean Windows SBS 2011 Installation

To perform a clean installation of Windows SBS 2011 on a new computer or on a computer with a hard disk that you can wipe clean, use the following procedure:

  1. Turn on the computer and insert Disk 1 from the Windows SBS 2011 package into the DVD-ROM drive.

  2. Press a key to boot from the DVD if the system prompts you to do so. The computer reads from the DVD and displays the first page of the Install Windows Wizard.

  3. If you plan to use language, time, and currency format, or keyboard settings other than the defaults, select your preferences from the three drop-down lists. Then click Next. The Install Now page appears.

  4. Click Install now. The Please Read The License Terms page appears.

  5. Select the I accept the license terms check box and click Next. The Which Type Of Installation Do You Want? page appears.


    There is no upgrade path for the Windows SBS 2011 product. If you have an existing Windows SBS installation, you can migrate it to another server, but you cannot upgrade it.

  6. Click Custom (advanced). The Where Do You Want To Install Windows? page appears.

  7. To create a partition on a disk, click Drive options (advanced) to display additional controls.

  8. Select the disk on which you want to create the partition and click New. In the Size box that appears, specify a size greater than 120,000 MB (120 GB) for the partition and click Apply. An Install Windows message box appears, informing you that Windows will create additional partitions for system files.

  9. Click OK. The new partition you created appears in the list.

  10. Select the partition on which you want to install Windows SBS 2011 and click Next. The Installing Windows page appears, and the setup program proceeds through the various stages of the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system installation.

  11. When this phase of the installation process is completed, the computer restarts twice, and the Continue Installation page appears.

  12. Select the Clean install option and click Next. The Verify The Clock And Time Zone Settings page appears.

  13. Click Open date and time to verify the clock and time zone settings. The Date And Time dialog box appears.

  14. Verify that the Date, time, and time zone settings are correct. If they are not, click Change date and time or Change time zone to correct them. Then click OK to close the Date And Time dialog box.

  15. Click Next. The Server Network Configuration page appears.

  16. If you have a router already connected to the network, leave the Automatically detect the network settings option selected and click Next. The Get Important Updates page appears.

  17. If you have already installed a router and an Internet connection on your network, click Go online and get the most recent installation updates. The Connecting Your Server page appears, displaying the progress of the setup program as it searches for the router, configures the server’s TCP/IP client, and downloads updates from the Microsoft website.

  18. When the process is complete, the Company Information page appears.

  19. Fill out the text boxes with the name and address of your organization and click Next. The Personalize Your Server And Your Network page appears.

  20. In the Server name text box, type the name you selected for your server running Windows SBS 2011.

  21. In the Internal domain name text box, type the name you selected for your AD DS domain, without the local suffix. Then click Next. The Add A Network Administrator Account page appears.

  22. Fill out the first and last names of the network administrator and, in the Administrator user name field, type an account name that conforms to your naming convention. Then type an appropriate password in the Administrator password and confirm administrator password text boxes and click Next. The That Is All The Information Needed page appears, containing the values that you supplied on the previous pages.


    The name that you specify in the Administrator user name field can contain uppercase or lowercase letters, numbers, or the _#$%&’-^{}~! symbols. The password you specify must be at least eight characters long and contain three of the following character types: uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.

  23. Click Next. The Expanding And Installing Files page appears, tracking the program’s progress as it completes the installation.

  24. The system restarts twice during this phase of the installation process, returning to the Expanding And Installing Files page each time. When the process is complete, the computer restarts one final time and the Successful Installation page appears.

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