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Posted on 2006-06-17
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Just a quick one please.

I am just buildong up a server to install on a network.

I cant configure the server because it isnt connected to the network yet.

IIs there someway I can set it up at home and install all the disks without having to put it on the network.

I thought I could perhaps set it up with a router with no other computers on it. I know all the details for the static IP.

Will this work or is there another way to do this instead of having to sit there for 2 hours wjilst it instals the disks?
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How many times have you installed SBS in the past?  I recommend you install it... then FORMAT it and install it again - then format it and install it AGAIN.

You want at least two test installs before you install it as production so you can get used to the process and play around with the wizards, etc.  SBS wants to be managed in a very specific way - and you need to set it up so that it can be.
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I have always used Server 2003 before and installed E2K3 seperatley

This is something I havent used before, but have seen in a test.

Looks the same as server 2003 just has templates to make things easier.
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As long as SBS can detect a connected network adapter, you should be fine to install it off site.

I came from an enterprise environment and started installing SBS systems.  I cannot stress this enough - DO NOT MANAGE THE SERVER AS YOU WOULD ANOTHER STANDARD SERVER.  SBS is not JUST wizards - IT IS Wizards.  Meaning EVERYTHING that has a wizard to use, USE IT.  SBS Wants to be configured in a VERY specific way and failing to do so can cause problems now and later.  Use the Wizards for everything - and install it a couple of times so you get used to things.
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Yes thanx, I have read all the comments about that and they all say the same. USE THE WIZARDS..

All i wanted was to install it all at home whilst watching the TV instaed of sitting in an office for 3 hours waiting to change disks
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