Thursday, June 12, 2008

SBS 2003 Setup Wizard up to Windows Configuration page (book excerpt)

I am harry brelsford, the author of Windows Small Business SErver 2003 Best Practices (the purple book). I am posting up several pages a day until SBS 2008 ships. Enjoy the read!
Harry Brelsford, CEO of SMB NAtion,
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17. Complete the Company Information page with the information con­tained in Table 2-4 (prior chapter) for SPRINGERS. Your screen should look similar to Figure 3-14. Click Next.
Figure 3-14
Complete the Company Information screen to match what you see here.
BEST PRACTICE: Complete as many fields as possible on all SBS setup dialog boxes when you set up your own SBS machine. Much of this information, known as metainformation, is used in other places within SBS for the life of the system.
Note that in SBS 2003 the Company Information screen contains telephony information. In SBS 2000, a separate telephony screen would have followed. SBS 2003 has eliminated the Product Information screen at this point, which required you to reenter the registered user name, the company name, and the product key. This is now accomplished in the Windows Server 2003 GUI setup phase.
BEST PRACTICE: You should be aware of the More Information button at the lower part of each page. Click More Information and you are presented a worksheet and a help topic for the screen being displayed. Initially introduced in SBS 2000, this is a big improvement over SBS 4.5, where only a few screens had the More Information button. More important, the More Information buttons help you install SBS 2003 correctly if you are unsure about a setting.
18. Be careful on the Internal Domain Information page to overwrite the default naming information to reflect SpringersLTD.local as the internal domain name in the Full DNS name for internal domain field. In the NetBIOS domain name field, type SPRINGERSLTD. Leave the computer name as SPRINGERS1. Your screen should look simi­lar to Figure 3-15. Click Next.
BEST PRACTICE: You may read a doctoral thesis on internal and external domain naming by clicking the More Information button on the Internal Domain Information screen.
Figure 3-15
Carefully complete the fields on the Internet Domain Information screen as you will commit these names in a moment.
19. On the Local Network Adapter Information page, select the net­work adapter card that you want to be the attached to the local area network. This is shown in Figure 3-16. Click Next.
Figure 3-16
Select the network adapter card you want to use for the local area network. The other card is temporarily disabled.
20. Accept the default IP address ( and the Class C
( subnet mask on the Local Network Adapter Con­figuration page. This is shown in Figure 3-17. Click Next.
Figure 3-17
Verify your information matches on this Local Network Adapter Configuration page before proceeding.
BEST PRACTICE: Here again I weave in a pocket MBA SBS/SMB consulting best practice that each of your SBS networks should be the same (even if you only have one!). One place to make each network the same is screen in Figure 3-17 where you accept the default IP addressing.

21. Accept the default selection of Log on automatically and type Husky9999! in the Password field on the Logon Information page. Click Next. This allows you to walk away from the two reboots of the SBS 2003 server machine during setup and have the setup process con­tinue automatically.

22. The Windows Configuration page appears alerting you that the next configuration stage may take up to 30-minuntes to complete (Figure 3­18). Click Next.

Figure 3-18
The Windows Configuration approval screen.
BEST PRACTICE: This Windows Configuration stage SBS 2003 replaces the Baseline Scenario stage in SBS 2000. At this stage, you’ve committed the computer name and the domain name on the server
machine. Instead of taking 30 minutes, completing this stage takes closer to 15 minutes. So go get a strong cup of coffee!
Figure 3-19
Observe the progress of critical foundation components being installed for SBS 2003 on the Component Progress screen.

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