SBS 2011 Essentials Setup Hangs while Waiting for DHCP Address

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of John Bay and Wayne Gordon McIntyre from Commercial Technical Support] The installation of Small Business Server 2011 Essentials may hang at the “Please wait while installation continues” screen: At this point of the installation, setup is attempting to configure the network and acquire an IP address from a… Read more

Providing an Answer File in SBS 2011

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Justin Crosby from Commercial Technical Support] In SBS 2011, administrators must provide an answer file (SBSAnswerFile.xml) to perform a migration mode install. Administrators can also use answer files to accelerate new domain installs (clean installs) as well. Once the SBS 2011 portion of setup begins (after the OS… Read more

The Ultimate Guide to SBS 2008 Setup Failures

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Damian Leibaschoff from Commercial Technical Support] Since the early beta versions of SBS 2008, we have accumulated almost 3+ years of experience supporting the product. By now, we have a number of setup issues that we consider “common”, this post will try to document these issues, the common… Read more

Device Manager may seem to hang while uninstalling a NIC

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Damian Leibaschoff] Under certain conditions, in Windows Server 2008 (including SBS 2008) when you try to uninstall a network interface card (NIC) from device manager, the process will appear to hang and the uninstall will not complete. When this happens, the “Confirm Device Uninstall” window will appear and… Read more

SBS 2008 Migrations from SBS 2003 – Keys to Success

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Chris Puckett, Damian Liebaschoff, Mark Stanfill, Justin Crosby, John Bay, David Copeland, Wayne McIntyre, and Shawn Sullivan] The purpose of this post is to help you complete your SBS 2003 migrations to SBS 2008 successfully on the first attempt. If you are already experiencing a setup failure, please… Read more

Catalog of Installation Error Messages in Windows SBS 2008

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of the SBS UA team and Kumud Dwivedi] Having issues during installatation of Windows SBS 2008? The “Catalog of Windows Small Business Server 2008 Installation Error Messages” includes links to information about errors that you might encounter while installing Windows SBS 2008.   You can also click on the… Read more