70-282 exam cram: SBS 2003 setup [Microsoft Small Business Specialist Primer book excerpt]

Hey – its Harrybbb and I am the publisher of the above title. Each day I like to hold a virtual book reading – its all goodness! Today a lengthy passage on installing SBS 2003.

First-Time System Installation

A first-time system installation is the best scenario you can wish for. After you have gathered all the information on the business and conducted the needs analysis and finished your technology plan, you can plan and design the server to exactly the specifications that will best support the preferred state of the business.

Chapter 5Installing Windows Small Business Server 2003

To prepare the server for a first-time installation, ensure that you have:

·                       Adequate hardware for the load you are going to place on it. (See mini­mum system requirement above.)

·                       The latest system BIOS.

·                       Set the boot order in the BIOS to boot from the CD-ROM first.

·                       All driver files for SCSI, Fibre Channel, RAID (if needed).

·                       HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer) drivers for custom hardware.

·                       Disconnected UPS devices (may cause setup to fail).

Now you are ready to begin the installation and boot the server with the Small Business Server 2003 Disc 1 CD-ROM. Upon boot, you will be prompted to press any key to start the installation and enter into the first phase of the setup mode.

IMPORTANT: For security reasons, it is recommended that you dis­connect the server from the Internet during installation. This prevents slippery worms like BLASTER from sneaking in!

Setup Modes

There are two parts to setup. The first phase is completed in text-mode setup and the second phase in GUI (graphical User Interface) mode setup.

Text-Mode Setup

·                       Loads the Windows Small Business Server operating system.

·                       Starts the Setup Wizard.

·                       Loads drivers and detects storage devices.

·                       Enables creation of new partitions.

Text-mode setup starts the program for Windows Small Business Server operating system and prepares the computer for the rest of the installation process. At the end of the text-mode setup, the server will reboot into GUI mode setup.

GUI Mode Setup

In GUI mode, the wizard:

·                                          Detects and installs devices found on the computer.

·                                          Configures each device.

·                                          Installs and configures networking components.

·                                          Copies installation files that were not copied during text-mode setup.

·                                          Installs any additional components.

·                                          Writes the setup log files to the installation directory.

In the GUI-mode setup, the wizard completes the installation of the Windows Small Business Server 2003 operating system. Here you will specify license information, computer name, server components and network settings.

IMPORTANT: If the server does not support booting of the CD-ROM (like a non el-torito compatible CD drive), insert a start-up floppy disk with CD-ROM drivers and navigate to the CD-ROM drive letter, run i386\winnt.ext to start copying the installation files.


Harry Brelsford, CEO at SMB Nation (www.smbnation.com)

MBA, MCSE, CNE, CLSE, CNP, MCP, MCT, SBSC (Microsoft Small Business Specialist)

PS – did you know my Windows Small Business Server 2008 (SBS 2008) book is almost here? Yes!


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