SBS 2003 meets hardware – introductions [Advanced Windows Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices]

Hello folks – harryb here – the co-author and publisher of the Advanced Windows Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices title. I like to hold virtual book readings – so here we go! Anyways – looking for fun in all the right places – I present some hardware conversations to you here. BTW – my SBS 2008 books is here!

Windows, Meet Hardware. Hardware, Windows.

With all of the BIOS-level options set, the installation of SBS 2003 may commence. However, just because SBS employs the latest Windows Server 2003 operating system doesn’t mean all of your hardware will work seamlessly. If you see an error like the one in Figure 2-18, Windows Server isn’t loading the proper driver for your disk controller. In the case of the error in this figure, I was forced to visit HP’s Web site, override the default driver that Windows identified, and proceed until I was greeted with the screen in Figure 2-19, which told me the array had been recognized.

Figure 2-18

Disk controller cards that were manufactured after Windows Server 2003 came out generally aren’t supported. Not loading the appropriate driver results in the RAID array not being detected.



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Figure 2-19

After loading the HP driver by hitting F6 as Windows Setup initialized, I was able to continue the setup routine.




Even after you complete the Windows Server installation, there’s a chance that hardware won’t function properly. For example, in Figure 2-20, SBS Setup claims that it can’t continue without an Ethernet adapter, despite the integrated Gigabit NIC that is already enabled. It took another visit to HP’s Web site on another system to download the proper driver required for connectivity.


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Figure 2-20

Even after Windows is installed, install all necessary drivers to ensure there aren’t any snags in the SBS 2003 setup script.

BEST PRACTICE: Rather than be surprised every time Windows fails to identify a component, visit your server manufacturer’s Web site before starting the SBS installation. Download relevant drivers and software utilities and burn them onto a CD, if possible. Be sure to keep the drivers for your hard drive controller on a floppy disk, since CD support isn’t yet available and a number of newer hard drive controllers aren’t supported by the Windows Setup routine.


Harry Brelsford, CEO at SMB Nation (

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

PS – my Small Business Server 2008 (SBS 2008) book is now here!


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