Today I started working on a new project, SBS 2011 Standard. This project is one part of a preparation for couple of readiness seminars for Microsoft and their partners. Goal is to show how Microsoft SBS 2011 cab help small and medium size companies to save money and do business more efficiently.
First step is of course, the installation. I will be using my standard Hyper-V test server to deploy one SBS 2011 server, one Windows Server 2008 R2 that will act as a router and one internal client. If time permits, one more external client will be added. Clients are of course Windows 7 machines. On the right is a snapshot of initial installation process.
Before starting installation, make sure that you have correctly set up your router, because if you did not, SBS installation wizard will not be successful. Make sure there are no DHCP server on the network segment that you are installing SBS 2011. Here is network diagram of my setup.
After the initial operating system installation finishes, we have to choose setup mode. I will go with Clean Install option.
After successfully finishing installation, we can start main SBS console and continue to configure our server.
First thing you need to do is to start “Connect to the Internet” wizard. It is very important that this wizard finishes successfully, since many other configuration tasks depend on it.
After this we can start other wizards which will configure our Internet address, Smart Host for mail, backup or add a trusted certificate. Later on I will be adding some users and connecting their computer to SBS domain with wizard that can be found on http://connect web site of SBS server.