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Installing Windows SBS Server 2003

Create RAID driver disk, configure RAID, Install Windows 2003 Server CD

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  1. Put the Motherboard Driver CD supplied with the server hardware into a working computer and Locate the RAID driver folder - eg F:\Drivers\SATARAID

  2. Format a new floppy disk (I usually make it a bootable floppy to make it a bit more useful) and copy the entire contents of the Raid folder to the root folder on the floppy disk.

  3. Turn on the server and press F2 when doing the POST in order to go into the BIOS settings. Make sure that it is set to boot from the CD, then the floppy and then the hard disk.

  4. Go into the Advanced BIOS settings and then Drive Configuration and change Configure SATA as IDE to Configure SATA as RAID

  5. Choose the option to Exit and Save Changes and this should reboot the server for you.

  6. When booting it should see that there are two hard disks and give you the option the press Ctrl/E to enter the RAID configuration screen.

  7. Choose Configure and Easy Configuration and when shown the list of drives press the SPACE bar twice to select both drives and then press the F10key to configure the RAID.

  8. Press the Space Bar to select the first drive array and then the F10 key to configure this array and choose RAID 1 which is to have mirrored drives and then select the Accept option

  9. Save the configuration and then select Initialise and select Logical Drive 0 and then F10 to initialise the drive

  10. Boot the server from the first Windows 2003 Server install disk and when prompted to "Press F6 if you need to install a third party RAID or SCSI driver" then do so.

  11. When asked whether to "S=Specify Additional Device, ENTER=Continue, F3=Exit" press the S key to specify your RAID driver

  12. When asked to "Please Insert the Disk Labelled Manufacturer-Supplied hardware support disk into Drive A:" then insert the floppy driver disk you just made and press the ENTER key and then select the appropriate RAID driver and press the ENTER key again.

  13. When asked whether to "Setup Windows Now, Press ENTER" then do so

  14. Press F8 to accept the Microsoft License Agreement

  15. Choose C to Create Partition and create a partition of 30,000Mb in size. This will be your C: Windows System drive

  16. Then once you have a New Raw 29996Mb free partition move the highlight bar down and create another partition to use up all the rest of the unpartitioned space. This will be your N: Data drive.

  17. Press the ENTER key to start the Install

  18. Format the Partition using the NTFS file system (Quick)


Windows setup will then format the C: drive and copy the Windows setup files to the C: drive and start the Windows Installation Procedure. It may reboot itself one or more times in the process - if it does so do not remove the CD but also do not press a key when asked if Press a key to boot from the CD


Configure Windows 2003 Server Regional Settings etc

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  1. When asked for the Regional and Language Options click the Customise button and choose English (Australian) and for the Location choose Australia

  2. Click the Customise button next to the language option and select the Time tab and change the Time Format to HH:mm:ss

  3. Select the Date tab and change the Short Date Format to dd/MM/yyyy

  4. Click the Apply button and then the OK button.

  5. Select the Languages tab and click the Details button

  6. Click the Add button to add another input language and choose English (Australia) and click on the OK button.

  7. Select the English (US) option in the installed services list and click on the Remove button and then the Apply button. You should get a message saying that it can't be removed now but will be removed on the next reboot so click on the OK button for that message.

  8. Click on the OK button to close the window and repeat for the underlying window and then click on the Next button.

  9. When prompted enter the user name and organisation and click on the Next button.

  10. When prompted enter the Windows Product Key and click on the Next button.

  11. When prompted enter the Server Machine Name (eg GRH-Server) and enter the administrator password twice. Make sure that you use a strong password (at least 8 characters long, upper and lower case characters plus numbers) and click on the Next button.

  12. Set the Time Zone to GMT +09:30 (Adelaide) and tick the Automatically Adjust Clock for Daylight Saving Changes and click on the Next button.


Windows setup will then continue with the installation process. It may reboot itself one or more times in the process - if it does so do not remove the CD but also do not press a key when asked if Press a key to boot from the CD


Install Motherboard Driver Files

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  1. When asked to log on as the Administrator then enter your Administrator password which you entered earlier.

  2. When asked whether to Continue Microsoft Windows Small Business Server Setup then click the Cancel button as you need to install the motherboard drivers first. This will leave a Continue Setup icon on the desktop for you.

  3. Drag the Windows Explorer Icon from the START menu (Start/Programs/Accessories/Windows Explorer) to the Desktop for future use and open it.

  4. Right Click on extra partition (usually Drive E:), choose Format and then Quick Format in NTFS format and set the Disk Label to Data.

  5. Click on START and then Right-Click on My Computer and choose Manage. Select the Disk Management option in the left hand pane and then right-click on the DATA drive and choose Change Drive Letter and Paths and change the drive letter to N: and click on the OK button twice to accept this change and then close the Computer Management screen.

  6. From the Command prompt or Windows Explorer, create an N:\i386 folder on this data drive and copy the contents of the I386 folder on the Windows 2003 Server Disk 1 CD into this folder just in case it's needed for future changes to the Windows configuration

  7. Go into Windows Explorer (Start/All Programs/Accessories/Windows Explorer) and right click on the N: Data drive and choose Properties and then the Sharing tab, click on Share this Folder and then New Share and share it as N with a description of Data Drive on Server and click on the OK button. Then click on the Security tab and choose the Domain users group and tick the Full Control box and then click the Everyone option and click on the Remove button and then the Apply button and the the OK button again.

  8. Create a N:\Download folder and an N:\Install folder and an N:\Removed_Attachments folder and an N:\Install\MotherBoard folder and copy the contents of the motherboard driver CD into this folder just in case it is needed for a future reinstall of Windows.

  9. When you insert the Motherboard Driver CD it should start the driver install process. Answer YES to install the drivers and tick all of the boxes. If asked to enter the user name and password for the installation then do so as this allows the driver installation process to automatically log on and continue the installation process after each time it has to restart Windows. There is a slight flaw in this as some of the motherboard CDs are bootable and after a reboot it may boot into the diagnostic function on the CD instead of into Windows.

  10. Accept any license agreement and the driver installation will proceed.


Before you continue with the SBS server 2003 setup process you need to connect a network cable to the server's ethernet port and connect the other end into a functioning switch or router device (or you could use a cross over cable to connect it directly to another active PC. The SBS installation MUST see a connected network card to continue. If connecting it to a network switch there doesn't have to be any other devices plugged into the switch and there MUST NOT be another DHCP server or domain controller plugged into the switch. These days we only use one network card in the server as we would install a full SPI firewall/router/modem to connect to the internet. However in the event that the server is going to use a dial-up connection then you need 2 network adaptors so that the server can provide a SPI firewall service to the local network so you may need to add another Adaptor.


Install Windows 2003 Small Business Server Applications

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  1. Click on the Continue Setup option from the Windows Desktop to continue the installation of SBS server.

  2. Click Next and then enter the phone number, fax number and address which is used by the fax service and click on the Next button.

  3. Enter the Full DNS Name (eg GRH.local) as well as the Domain Name (eg GRH) and the computer name (eg GRH-Server) and click on the Next button.

  4. If you have more than one network Adaptor in the server then select the network Adaptor to be used for the local LAN (which must have a network cable plugged into it) and click on the Next button.

  5. If there is another DHCP server already on the network you will be asked whether to use this DHCP server and turn off DHCP in the SBS server or whether to use the SBS DHCP server function (which is the preferred option).

  6. Enter the IP address of the server (we normally choose 10.0.0.2), the subnet mask (almost always 255.255.255.0) and (if asked) the Default Gateway (usually 10.0.0.1). The default gateway is the IP address of the internet router to be used. Click on the Next button.

  7. Choose the option to log on automatically and enter the server password. This allows the SBS installation process to automatically log on and continue the installation process after each time it has to restart Windows. Click on the Next button twice.


Windows SBS setup will then continue with the installation process. It may reboot itself one or more times in the process - if it does so do not remove the CD but also do not press a key when asked if Press a key to boot from the CD


Select Windows 2003 Small Business Server Components to Install

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  1. When faced with the Component Selection Screen you normally choose to install all of the SBS options which is the default and click the Next button.

  2. When faced with the Component Summary Screen you normally just click the Next button.


Windows SBS setup will then continue with the installation process. It may reboot itself one or more times in the process - if it does so do not remove the CD but also do not press a key when asked if Press a key to boot from the CD


Insert the various installation CDs in sequence as requested

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  1. When asked to insert SBS Server Install CD 2 (Exchange Server and Support Tools CD) then do so and click on the OK button. If installing from DVD media then this won't happen.

  2. When asked to insert SBS Server Install CD 3 (SBS Server Tools and Health Monitor CD) then do so and click on the OK button. If installing from DVD media then this won't happen.

  3. When asked to insert SBS Server Install CD 4 (More Server Tools CD - IE Explorer and MSDE) then do so and click on the OK button. If installing from DVD media then this won't happen.

  4. When asked to insert MS Office OutloOK 2003 CD then do so and click on the OK button. If installing from DVD media then this won't happen.

  5. Eventually you should see a message about finishing the install so click on the Finish button and you will then be asked to restart the server by clicking on the OK button so do so.


Windows will shut down and restart - Do not press a key when asked if Press a key to boot from the CD. It should log on automatically, finish the install process and display the SBS server "to do list".


Finish Configuring SBS Server

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  1. Create a N:\Install\Nero folder and copy the Nero CD to this folder and then install Nero (or Nero Express) and IN-CD programs and you will probably be asked to reboot the server following this process and if so then do so.

  2. Copy the install programs for Acrobat Reader, WinZip, Ad-Aware etc to the N:\Download Folder so that they are available to be installed on all machines in the domain as required.

  3. Read the Security Best Practises and tick the box to indicate that you have done it.

  4. Click on the Connect to the Internet option and select router with an IP address as the option (unless you know otherwise) and enter the router IP address and the two ISP provided DNS addresses into the router connection boxes. You can get this information from the router's status page and/or the customer's ISP documentation.

  5. When asked what applications should be allowed to access the Internet choose Do Not Allow access to the Web Site from the Internet unless you know otherwise.

  6. When asked Enable Internet E-Mail and use DNS to route the email (when asked).

  7. Tick the box to Use Exchange and email is delivered direct to my server (normally) and usually do not enable the POP-3 mailbox option

  8. Enter the email domain name (the bit after the @ in their email addresses) when asked for it (eg GrhSupplies.Com.Au)

  9. Allow Exchange to remove suspicious email attachments but tick the box to store them in the N:\Removed_Attachments folder.

  10. When asked about enabling Password Policies we usually say no although the answer should really ALWAYS be yes. This means that passwords have to be 8 or more characters long with upper and lower case characters and numbers and so you can't just use simple passwords for ANYONE on the network if you enable password policies.

  11. Tick the box that says you have connected to the internet.

  12. Click on the Remote Access Wizard option from the SBS sever To Do list and then click on the Next button.

  13. Make sure that you enable remote access and tick the box marked VPN access and then click on the Next button.

  14. Enter the name of your VPN server which is normally the server that you are currently setting up (eg GRH-Server.local) and then click on the Next button and the the Finish button.

  15. When asked about enabling Password Policies we usually say no although the answer should really ALWAYS be yes. This means that passwords have to be 8 or more characters long with upper and lower case characters and numbers and so you can't just use simple passwords for ANYONE on the network if you enable password policies.

  16. Tick the box that says you have Configured Remote Access

  17. Click on the Activate Your Server option from the SBS sever To Do list and then click on the Next button.

  18. Choose to activate via the internet unless you have no internet connection in which case choose by phone and then click on the Next button.

  19. No you don't want to register your server so that Microsoft can send you junk mail and then click on the Next button.

  20. Assuming that you have internet connectivity then Windows should be activated automatically.


Installing Acrobat, Winzip etc

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  1. Assuming that you have copied the appropriate files to the N:\Download folder then click on Start and then Run and then N:\Download\New.Bat and click on the OK button.

  2. The system will then prompt you to install Ad-Aware, Adobe Acrobat Reader Vsn 7.0, Edit Pad Pro, GO Software's Extras programs, GO2PDF Acrobat Document Printer Driver, Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer, PkZip Vsn 2.04G, Microsoft Powerpoint Viewer, Spybot S&D 1.4, Microsoft's Tweak UI power tool to fine tune some windows settings, GO Software's Utility Programs, MS Visio 2003 Viewer, MS WinWord 2003 Viewer, MS Excel 2003 Viewer, WinZip Vsn 9, WinZip Command Line Interface.