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Please advise me on all the wizards to run on SBS 2011 to properly set it up as a PDC server.
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by:connectex
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The SBS setup process automatically makes the server a Domain Controller (DC). SBS licensing requires it be a DC. There is no Primary Domain Controller (PDC) / Bakcup Domain Controller (BDC) anymore. That terminology is from the NT4 days. Since Windows 2000 a server is either a DC or a member server.
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Are you seeing a problem that makes you think the SBS 2011 doesn't hold the FSMO Roles(formerly known as a PDC)
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When I go to roles, I am seeiing errors on most of the roles listed, which I know I need to address individually.  However, since there are so many issues, I thought maybe I did not run every wizard needed.

FYI, I will be back on location Monday, and can give more detail then.
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by:Rob Williams
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Is this a migration or a clean install? If a clean install there should be no issues. After the basic installation you then need to run from the SBS console the "Connect to the Internet" wizard and the "Configure your internet address" wizard. These two set up networking, Exchange,  IIS, RWW, and much more.
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This is a clean install on a new server.  I ran both of the wizards that you mentioned and they completed successfully.  The system seems to be running OK, but I am concerned when I go to Server Manager, Roles.  In the list shown there, most of them show a "red X" or "yellow warning" symbol.  When I go to any one of the list, it presents a procedure to follow to resolve the issue.

I thought (as you indicated) that after completing the installation and the wizards that the server should be in a good solid setup.  The errors seem to indicate otherwise.
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I would recommend downloading and running the SBS Best Practices Analyzer. It is very good at detecting configuration issues and providing some suggestions to resolve. After running perhaps let us know what if any errors or suggestions it presents.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=d40dcc5b-8f97-49e2-ae79-9c7a7a69dec4

Which roles are showing errors or warnings?
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by:mdwhiteside
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Thanks, I will try the analyzer tomorrow when I get back to the location.
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SBS Analyzer gave me answers to problems.
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