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Proplem with MS SBS 2011

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Got a new installation of SBS 2011 on a Dell Poweredge.  We were trying to install AutoDesk Vault and managed to trash SQL Server and Sharepoint.   Would just like to start over and reinstall SBS 2011 back to original state and start over.  Can't seem to get it to reinstall or repair.  I go through the steps and it seems to find the existing install and just boots up.

Any suggestions as how to get a Re-install or even a repair started?  Have 3 disks from Dell DVD 1 and DVD 2 say Operating System.   Shouldn't I be able to boot from the DVD and do and install like every other OS I've ever installed?  Thanks.
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You should be able to do that but you would want to remove all existing partitions during the initial part of the install to make sure you get a clean install. So, during the step where it asks what partition you want to use for the install, select any existing partitions and delete them first.  Then, recreate the partitions to start the fresh install.  If this doesn't work you could use another type of boot disk (WinPE for example) to delete the existing partitions first.
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OOOPS - I forgot that SBS 2011 has its own preprogrammed install tool that doesn't walk you through the usual installation routines and allow you to partition the disk as you see fit.  So, you would definitely need to use another boot disk, delete the existing partitions so that you have a clean, empty hard drive, and then start again with your SBS 2011 install.

Sorry for any confusion!
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I was finally able to get the software to re-install without having to change or delete the partition.  I did have to change the boot order of the drives so it booted off the DVD without looking at the Hard drive.   Not exactly sure why it finally worked as I had done this at least once previously without success.   Thanks.
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