The folks on the Windows Small Business Server team at Microsoft have recently released a batch of training videos called “Learning Bites”. These short videos (typically under 5 minutes each) focus in on specific tasks and demos on SBS 2011 Standard.
SBS 2011 Standard “Learning Bites” Videos
As additional videos are released, you can find them here:
Whitepaper title: Migrate to Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard from Windows Small Business Server 2003
File name: SBS7_Migrate2003.doc
Date Published: 01/12/2011
File size: 724 KB
Download URL: Click here
This guide explains how to install Windows SBS 2011 Standard in Migration Mode on a new server, and then migrate the settings and data from the old server that is running Windows Small Business Server 2003 to the new server that is running Windows SBS 2011 Standard. This guide also helps you demote and remove your old server from the network after you finish the migration process.
It seems like every release of Windows Small Business Server is bigger than the last, and SBS 2011 is no exception. In fact, it’s downright HUGE! If you’ve downloaded the SBS 2011 Standard ISO from TechNet or MSDN, you’ve probably noticed that it’s actually too large to burn with a conventional DVD drive:
Obviously, if you’re installing SBS 2011 as a Hyper-V child, downloading a 6.35 GB ISO straight onto the Hyper-V parent OS is no big deal. But if you want to install SBS 2011 on bare metal, you’ll probably need a bootable USB drive.
Here are the instructions on how to create your own bootable USB flash drive from scratch for installation of SBS 2011 Standard.
What you’ll need:
Update 2011/01/10 – As Kendall Morrison reminded me, your Windows PC needs to be running a 64-bit OS when you do this.
The demo environment.
For the purposes of this walkthrough, here are the drive letters on my Win7 PC:
- The 6.35 GB SBS 2011 ISO is sitting in a folder on drive D:
- The ISO will be mounted using Virtual CloneDrive in drive G:
- The bootable USB drive will be drive H:
Go ahead and insert your USB flash drive, if you haven’t done so already.
Below is my drive layout in Disk Management.
Obviously, your drive letters will be different.
- In Windows Explorer, right-click the SBS 2011 ISO and mount it.
Close the AutoPlay window (if one pops up).
- From the Start Menu, open an Administrative Command Prompt.
- At the command prompt, type:
DISKPART (hit Enter)
LIST DISK (hit Enter)
- Locate your USB flash drive in the list (mine is Disk 3).
Type the following commands (hitting Enter after each one):
SELECT DISK 3 (or whatever your USB disk number is)
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
SELECT PARTITION 1
FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK
- At this point, AutoPlay will probably pop up and tell you that a new disk was found which matches the drive letter of your USB flash drive.
Close the AutoPlay window (if one pops up).
- Back in the Command Prompt, type the following:
EXIT (hit Enter)
DiskPart will finish, but leave the Command Prompt window open.
- Next we need to make the USB drive bootable. Type the following commands (hitting Enter after each one):
G: (G: is my mounted SBS 2011 ISO drive)
BOOTSECT.EXE /NT60 H: (H: is my USB drive)
Close the Command Prompt window.
- Now we need to copy the install bits from the ISO to the flash drive:
Open the mounted SBS 2011 ISO drive (which is drive G: for me)
Highlight and copy all of the contents of the SBS 2011 drive.
Paste the contents into the root of the USB drive (which is H: for me)
The file copy will take a while (about 5-10 minutes), depending on the speed of your USB flash drive.
- Once the file copy is complete, safely eject the USB flash drive from your Windows PC and physically remove it.
- Unmount the ISO of SBS 2011 (which is drive G: for me)
Now you just need to insert the bootable USB flash drive into your physical SBS 2011 box, set the boot option in the BIOS to boot from USB, and start the installation on the bare metal. Happy installing!
Props: IntoWindows.com blog
Complete one of these Windows Small Business Server 2011 courses between now and January 26, 2011 and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a Windows Phone 7 or an Xbox Kinect sensor.
Windows SBS 2011 Standard Technical Training:
Note: You will need a Microsoft Partner ID credentials to log onto the training site to view this content.
One sunny day while mowing the yard with the old John Deere I thought, “How cool would it be if I could mount a Small Business Server on this lawn tractor?”
The answer (as you already know) is “not very cool”. Nobody wants to see a lawn mower running Exchange and SharePoint.
Obviously, I need to drink more fluids when mowing the yard in the hot sun, but that’s neither here nor there. The proverbial wheels were turning, and I started brainstorming for something much faster and infinitely cooler than a green and yellow tractor…
Enter Matthew Snoddy – Microsoft Small Business Specialist, Texas LLC formation consultant and owner of Network Therapists in Lexington, Kentucky.
a.k.a. “The Stig” (nobody knows for sure)
Not only is Matthew a fantastic network engineer and wheelman, he’s got some beautiful muscle cars,
like the supercharged 2008 SRT8 Dodge Challenger. If you are more of a family guy car, you can try to investigate this site to find some offers.
Matthew Snoddy–2008 SRT8 Dodge Challenger on the dyno
A Challenger is much cooler than a John Deere, but it gets even better!
Recently, Matthew expanded his stable with the addition of a rare (one of only 20 ever made) 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR convertible. A street-legal race car.