Installing Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard Part 3

You should now have the Company Information screen, where you can enter business address and contact details.

The personalise your server and network screen, where you choose your Server name and internal Domain name.

This may be the single most important screen you have to configure in the whole installation. This stuff cannot be changed – ever! so take your time and get it right, no second chances or forgiveness for typo’s!

A tip i picked up in the SBS 2008 era, (in this book) was to use a generic name for both the server and the domain. You should have read that book already so i am not going to repeat it, but suffice to say it makes things a lot easier if you ever want to merge with another network.

Server Name : SBSSERVER

Internal Domain Name: SBS

When you’re happy with your choices, hit next.

We now have the ‘Add a network administrator’ page.

As was the case with SBS 2008, the Administrator account is unavailable for use here, so you must choose a new name and password.

Please enter somethng unique, and not to obvious to guess – Admin – for example is a bit of a waste of time. Another tip for you that we employed was to use the initials of our consultancy and that of the clients company, anyway you choose whatever you want, i am choosing Don Funk (thanks to Justin and Wayne for that one )

You’ll also need to enter a strong password. 

Remember this is your Domain Administrator password, it should not be Password1 and it should not be written down and stuck to your monitor!

When you have entered all of this information, Click Next.

You will now see a summary page, this is your chance to confirm and or change anything you are not 100% happy with.

Click Next when you’re ready.

The server will now shutdown and restart, when it boots back up you will have a period of time to wait whilst the server expands and installs the SBS installation. You can choose to sit and wait and read the inspirational messages about how much more efficient your company will be once the install has finished and how the integrated management console will add value to your business, or you can take a break for about 30 minutes and finish that coffee.

Your server will reboot a few times during this period, and with any luck after about 30 minutes you will be presented with a Successful Installation message.

Once your server has finished the installation, you will have several configuration tasks to complete, including configuring the backup, and updating windows adding your users and joining your computers to the domain.

For now, why not congratulate yourself on a job well done.

About Robert Pearman
Robert Pearman is a UK based Small Business Server enthusiast. He has been working within the SMB IT Industry for what feels like forever. Robert likes Piña colada and taking walks in the rain, on occasion he also enjoys writing about Small Business Technology like Windows Server Essentials or more recently writing PowerShell Scripts. If you're in trouble, and you can find him, maybe you can ask him a question.

4 Responses to Installing Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard Part 3

  1. john brown says:

    I am confused at which Administrator I am implementing in the 1st page of section 3

    ‘Add a network administrator’ or ‘Remember this is your Domain Administrator password’

    • Hi John,

      This account will be the ‘built in’ administrator account. The top level – enterprise admin account.

      The account that would traditionally have been named ‘Administrator’ – which is no longer available for use by default.

      I am saying ‘remember this is your domain admin’ so you will set a strong password.

  2. Colin S says:

    Opps those screen shots and Instructions are not for SBS 2011 standard they are for essentials.
    Standard does not have the domain and Admin account setup screens. You have to add roles and add or create domain once the install is complete.

    • No that is not correct. Sorry.

      These screen shots are for SBS 2011 Standard – As the title of the article suggests. The SBS 2011 Essentials installation is very different.

      The screen shots are too small unfortunatley a side effect of transferring from my Spaces blog. But if you look closely you can actually see the title of the windows is ‘Install Windows Small Business Server Standard’

      During the setup of SBS Essentials, you do not have any of the company information screens apart from one to choose your server name and domain name.

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