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Install and configure Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard

Download Small Business Server 2011

I’ve not used Small Business Server (any version) much over the years, but it is one of the first server series of products to be released on the 2011 server platform. This caused me to take the plunge to Small Business Server recently in my lab to go through the configuration.

Small Business Server 2011 is a big download at 6.5 GB. Keep in mind this is more than just an operating system, as a number of critical applications are included in the distribution.

If you are considering Small Business Server 2011, check this TechNet page for what is new in this release. You can download a trial of Small Business Server from the TechNet Evaluation Center.

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Rick Vanover is a software strategy specialist for Veeam Software, based in Columbus, Ohio. Rick has years of IT experience and focuses on virtualization, Windows-based server administration, and system hardware.

5 comments
infoaftab
infoaftab

I have installed sbs2011 on machine. but after installation i cant find exchange and sharepoint there.! I am thinking it should be there inbuilt...but they aren't ! So do i need to install them manually?

pam101
pam101

I installed SBS 2011 this weekend on a Lenovo ThinkServer, but they didn't have updated drivers for the raid so I now have a new system with 15 workstations without raid but I do have my network up and running. Wonder if I should configure the raid in June when the new drivers are released, it means a new install doesn't it?

b4real
b4real

Fair comment, Gis. But, I've never been through it. So, it's nice to have someone else do it on their lab. :)

Gis Bun
Gis Bun

I really don't think you need a slide show to install SBS. I think 95% of the people out there could do it quite easily - even novices. The trick would be the post-installation. There is nothing in this article regarding configuration other than basic stuff.

Nunob
Nunob

I installed SBS 2011 in a lab this weekend and the install is very similar to the last two flavors of SBS. I am looking forward to testing a migration over the next couple of weekends to test a migration with some sample data. The new version of SBS Essentials looks like it will be nice and very integrated with cloud services from Microsoft should be a nice solution for small offices but I will be sticking with the standard edition for my installs.