Step By Step Bare Metal Install of A Windows Home Server 2011

Step By Step Bare Metal Install of A Windows Home Server 2011

20) Just Click “OK” for the next box.

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21) Just click “Close” for the “System Properties”

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22) Once you hit the “Close” button you will be prompted to restart the server. DO NOT CLICK ON THE “RESTART NOW” OPTION, Instead click the “Restart Later” Button. Now Exit the other boxes until you have to the “Personalization” part of the WHS 2011 setup.

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23)  From there enter your Server Name, Password, and Password Hint and click on “Next”.

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PLEASE NOTE – This will be the only time you will be able to change not only your workgroup name but the server name as well. Once the installation has completed the changes are permanent unless you remove the certificate authority but that will end up breaking your home server functionality.

24) When asked for Windows Update status click on “Do not do Updates Now” (This will be turned on manually latter) and click next.

25) The Home Server will proceed with installation and reboot in a couple of minutes.

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26) Wait approximately 10 to 15 minutes while the installation continues.

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27) Once the installation has completed click “closed”

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John has been in the IT profession for over 20 years along with being certified in both Comptia Security + (2008 edition) and a MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) on Both Windows XP & Server 2003 Administration, He currently works as an Windows System Administrator for Northrop Grumman in the Greater Los Angeles Area and manages 3 Windows Active Directory Private Networks (Two 2008 R2 and One 2012 R2) along With 2 VMware EXSI 5.5 Servers in the US. He has been an avid fan and follower of Windows Home Server (Now the Essentials Role of Windows Server) and Visualization Since 2009. He is currently trying to exploit the full potential of Microsoft's Windows Server Operating System to the Home & Small to Medium Business Community along with the power of Visualization. When not being a Nerd and a Geek he likes to watch Movies, Read Comic Books, and most importantly spend time with his family.
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  • John (ITBeast) Keller

    Just FYI, This How To Guide also works for Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 installations as well. Just got done doing one this weekend using this guide as well.

  • Aswoc

    Will this instruction work if I already have WHS 2008v3 installed and running?
    Do I just follow this instruction and overwright existing WHS Software? I’m at witts end.thanks

    • John (ITBeast) Keller

      Hi Aswoc

      This instruction will work with both Windows Home Server 2011 and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials only.

      If you follow the instructions per the how to guide The Windows Home Server 2011 Installer will reformat and repartition your primary hard drive and destroy all Data that maybe on your primary hard drive, therefore you may want move any data that is currently on there.

      If you have any further questions please let me know.

  • sicknote

    A great instruction set but what about the next steps – do you have a guide for connecting other PC’s & XBOX around the house to the server….?

  • Franksredhot1

    Awesome, article. FYI, I tried this and forgot to remove one of the larger hard drives and it started to install on that one. I shut it down and tried again but couldn’t get it working. After some time I opend the cfg.ini on another computer and saw that it was modified by the install. I removed the added line “processed=true” and then it worked. I spent about 30 minutes in the bios messing with boot priorities thinking there was something there.

    Thanks for all the work.
    Andy

    • http://usingwindowshomeserver.com Andrew Edney

      thanks Andy :-)

    • ITBeast

      I’m glad I was of help

    • ITBeast

      I’m glad I was of help