The actual installation of Windows Small Business Server 2008 has been significantly simplified compared to earlier versions of SBS. The initial installation of the operating system asks fewer questions, and the installation of the SBS portion also asks far fewer questions. Plus both can be automated or semi-automated using answer files. We’ll walk through a basic installation first and then address customizations, advanced settings, and automation.

Installation Process

The installation process for Windows Small Business Server 2008 is a two-stage process. The first stage installs 64-bit Windows Server 2008 Standard, and the second stage installs SBS itself. The important thing here is that the underlying operating system is Windows ...

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