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How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium

In this document we discuss installing SBS 2008 Standard and Premium. The premium part will be installed on a second server. Review the system requirements to determine the minimum and recommended system requirements needed to run Windows Small Business Server 2008, Standard Edition, and Premium Edition. Windows Small Business Server 2008 supports a maximum of 75 users or devices. 

 

If you plan to install the software on your primary machine, it is recommended that you back up your existing data prior to installation.

First Server:

  • Processor: Recommended: 2 GHz or faster (must be x64 processors)
  • Memory: Recommended: 4 GB RAM
  • Maximum: 32 GB
  • Available Disk Space: Minimum: 60 GB

Second Server:

  • Processor: Recommended: 2 GHz (x86 and x64 processors) and 1 GHz (IA64) or faster
  • Memory: Recommended: 2 GB RAM
  • Available Disk Space: 12.2 GB of available hard-disk space

Both Servers:

  • Network Card: Ethernet network interface card from the windows server catalog
  • Internet: Some Internet functionality may require Internet access (fees may apply) and a Windows Live ID Account
  • Fax Modem: Fax Services require fax modem
  • Supported Client Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition SP2 or later; Windows Vista Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate; Windows Mobile 5.0 or later
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Super-VGA (800 × 600) or higher-resolution monitor
  • Keyboard and Microsoft® Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • Internet access (fees may apply)

Actual requirements will vary based on your system configuration and the applications and features you choose to install. Processor performance is dependent upon not only the clock frequency of the processor, but also on the number of cores and the size of the processor cache. Disk space requirements for the system partition are approximate. Additional available hard-disk space may be required if you are installing over a network.

Source: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver/essential/sbs/prodinfo/systemreqs.mspx


Install Windows Small Business Server 2008 Standard

  1. Insert the DVD labeled SBS 2008 Standard and boot from that DVD. If that does not work please check the bios of your server and set it to allow booting from a DVD/CD. For more help on this issue have a look at the manual that came with your server or contact your vendor. Click 'Next' to accept the defaults.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  2. Click 'Install Now'.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  3. Insert your product key. I always uncheck 'automatically active...' because I want to choose when to activate.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  4. Accept the terms and click next.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  5. You can only choose 'Custom (advanced).
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  6. I have created a partition a little bigger then the minimum size of 60GB. If you need to load 3rd party drivers for your Raid adapter click 'Load Driver'. You can now store those on a USB drive. Click next.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  7. This will take awhile. Sit back, get a coffee and watch what is happeningHow to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  8. And get more coffee...
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  9. The first part of the installation is ready. At this moment we don't do a migration from an excisting Windows domain (including an old SBS 2003) so we click 'Next'.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  10. If you do not have enough Ram in your server you will see a warning but you can still continue by checking 'I acknowledge all warnings'. Click 'Next'.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  11. Make sure you click 'Open Date and Time..' as shown in this screenshot and verify if it is set correctly.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  12. We are not in the time zone shown in the screenshot so we need to change that. Click on 'Change time zone' if needed, otherwise click OK.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  13. If you have access to the Internet, it is recommended that you choose to download updates during the installation.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  14. Setup is connecting your server to the internet.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  15. Fill in your company information. If you need change that information later you can do that on the Company Information page by using the Edit Company Information option available from the Windows SBS Console.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  16. Choose a server name and a domain name. The installer will add automatically .local to your domain name. If you need to connect Apple clients to your domain make sure add .lan to the domain name otherwise you will not be able to connect Mac computers with OS X 10.3 or higher (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=39689).
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  17. Add a network administrator account and click 'Next'.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  18. We will choose to install Live OneCare for Server and Forefront Security for Exchange Server because we want to evaluate those two packages.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  19. A summary is presented. Click 'Next'.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  20. Setup is working...
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  21. The server is booting... several times How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  22. And setup continues...
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  23. Yes, it includes a 120 day trial of Windows Live OneCare for server and Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange. We will have another article ready in the next weeks that will cover that subject.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  24. Setup is stopping all services before initiating a reboot of your server. This can take awhile, please be patient.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  25. And the server has been rebooted again.
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  26. The updates are installed...
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  27. The installation was successful and we may start using the server.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  28. And here is our new SBS 2008 Management Console.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium

Install Windows Small Business Server 2008 Premium

We are going to install the SBS 2008 Premium part as an additional member server in our SBS 2008 network.

  1. Put your DVD in the DVD drive of your server and boot. Click Install Now.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  2. Make your choice as shown in the screenshot and click next
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  3. Accept the license and click Next
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  4. Click 'Custom'.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  5. Depending on the type of your installation you may need to create multiple partitions on multiple drives and/or arrays. That is outside of the scope of this document. Click 'Next'.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  6. The installer is working...
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  7. Finally the server has rebooted and will ask you to change the password...click OK
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  8. Type the new password and continue.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  9. The password has been changed and click next.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium

Join the member server to your SBS 2008 server

  1. After you have successfully logged on to the server you MUST set the time to the correct zone. If you fail to do that you will see problems joining the server to your SBS 2008. Click 'Set time zone' in the Initial Configurations Tasks window that starts automatically after you logon.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  2. As we (Smallbizserver.net) are located in the Netherlands we need to set our time zone to 'Amsterdam'.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  3. Set the time zone and click OK
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  4. Click OK to accept the new time zone setting.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  5. You will need to use the native Windows 2008 method to join the server to your SBS 2008 server. You should NOT use the http://connect wizard for joining a member server. Open Control Panel\System and click on 'Change settings'.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  6. Click 'Change'.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  7. Click Domain and fill in the domain name of your network. At the same time you change the Computer name to something more useful and easier to recognize.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  8. Fill in the administrators account credentials and click OK.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  9. If all is well you will be welcomed by your domain How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  10. You are informed to save open files because the server will be restarted.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  11. You will need to restart the server. Click Close.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  12. Click Restart Now.
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Change the Memberserver so that is in the SBSServers OU

  1. If you open the Windows SBS console and look in the Network part you will see that the Memberserver is in the Client computer OU and therefor get Client GPO's. That is what we don't want.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  2. Open Active Directory Users and Computers and open the Hive SBSComputers and see...there is our MemberServer.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  3. Right click the MemberServer and choose Move
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  4. Highlight SBSServers and choose OK.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  5. Have a look in the SBSServers OU if the MemberServer is there...
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Turn on Remote Desktop

  1. Choose 'Enable Remote Desktop' from the Initial Configuration Tasks.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  2. You can either choose to allow connections from any version of Remote desktop (less secure) of only allow from computers with RDP with Network Level Authentication...make you choice.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  3. The Firewall will be configured for you. Click OK.
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  4. Click OK to finish.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium
  5. See...it is enabled now. Click Close.
    How to install SBS 2008 Standard and Premium

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