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Windows Small Business Server 2011 installation and configuration – part 1 the installation

Go directly to SBS 2011 index file. With links to all articles from this serie.

Since Windows Small Business Server 2011 is rtm’d for a couple of weeks. I would like to take a look at the installation process and after that the typical SBS configuration wizards. Because all of this will be a very long post I will cut it in several parts.

Before you even start with the installation make sure your hardware meets the system requirements.
The most important:

Processor: Quad core 2 GHz 64-bit (x64) or faster 1 socket (4 sockets maximum)
Physical memory (RAM): 8 GB, 10 GB recommended (32 GB maximum)
Storage capacity: Installation partition 120 GB

All requirements and additional information can be found here: release documentation

Important note: If you have less than 4 GB or your system partition is smaller than 80 GB the installation cannot be continued at a later point and you will have to start over again.

If your hardware meets the requirements let’s put in the dvd or mount the iso file if you install on a virtual machine.

Now the first screen appears, choose your, language, time and currency and the keyboard settings you would like to use.

Choose Install now to continue the installation

You have to accept the license terms to continue

I got this window installing SBS 2011 on a Virtual Machine, but I have no clue why it appears because there is not upgrade possibility. So the only logical choice is to choose custom.

So now we have to choose the partition to install SBS 2011. Keep in mind that if you choose a partition smaller than 80 GB the installation will further on come to a point you cannot continue. If your partition is between 80 and 120 GB you will receive a warning, but you can continue.

If you see no partitions at all you can choose load driver to load the right 3rd party driver for your storage controller.

This is the part where the Windows (SBS 2011 is build on Windows 2008 R2) installation takes place.
During installation the server has to restart a couple of times, this all goes automatically, so just wait.

When the installation part is finished this screen will appear. This is screen is new compared to SBS 2008. You will also get this screen so no more completely starting over if you are doing a migration and the usb key answer file is not detected.

For now we are going to do a Clean Install. Maybe later I will spend some time on the migration option, for now I can only point you to this Microsoft technet article.

This is the point where you will receive an error if you have less than 4GB physical memory or you installation partition is smaller than 80 GB. I have written about this here.

Now my partition is between the 80 and 120 GB and I can acknowledge the warning and continue.

Here you can check the date, time and time zone settings.
If you are installing SBS 2011 as a Hyper-V virtual machine and time synchronization with the parent is enabled these settings will have to match otherwise the installation will end up with errors. Read more about this over here.

Manually configure or let the setup automatically configure your network settings.

If you choose to get the most recent installation updates (recommended) option this will make the installation time seriously longer. It is no problem to install updates after installation is finished.

These fields are all optional, but are used at some places in your SBS 2011 installation. You can edit or fill in the information later on after installation.

Now we give the server and domain a name. Please take a moment to think about what you choose here because it cannot be changed after installation finished.

Since Windows 2008 the build-in Administrator account will be disabled. The account you create here will be your Administrator account to control you SBS 2011 server, so make sure you choose a username and password you can remember.

This overview is the last chance to go back and change some setting after you click next it isn’t possible anymore.

This is the SBS 2011 installation part and would take depending on your hardware more than 30 minutes. The server will restart at least one time during installation.

After installation has finished and you logon for the first time you will receive this window “Succesful installation”.

Continue with Part 2 configuring “Connect to the internet” wizard

Posted in Blog, Howto, SBS 2011 at January 8th, 2011. 21 Comments.

Howto: Configure Send and Receive limits for Exchange 2007 and 2010

There are 3 levels to control the message size limits for sending and receiving emails through a Exchange 2007 or 2010 mail server. Mail transport is controlled by the hub transport role so settings are made on the hub transport role.

Global settings: In Exchange Management Console, on Organization level, Hub Transport, Global Settings tab, select Transport settings properties you can set the Maximum receive size (KB) and Maximum send size (KB) at Transport limits for the whole Organization.

Connector settings, Receive connector: In Exchange Management Console, on Server Configuration level, Hub Transport, select the server and receive connector you want to set the Maximum message size (KB) for. You can set different values for all servers and receive connectors, so be sure you change the settings for the right Hub Transport server and the right receive connector.

Connector settings, Send connector: In Exchange Management Console, on Organization level, Hub Transport, Send Connector tab, you can set the Maximum message size (KB) for your Send connector(s). The setting is organization wide so for all servers if you have multiple send connectors you can make differences for the specific send connectors.

Last possibility is to set it on a User Mailbox: In Exchange Management Console, on Recipient Configuration level, Mailbox, select a User you want to set the limit for, properties, on the tab Mail Flow Settings select Message size restrictions

Posted in Exchange 2007, Exchange 2010, Howto at November 11th, 2010. 7 Comments.
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