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Having announced the SBS preview at SBS 2008 RC0 Public Preview I’ve tried to capture the SBS install process in pictures – I don’t think it needs much explanation.  If you have an OEM then much of this will be resolved by the Answer kit.  To find out about the OEM install process, have a look at TechNet Edge Video- SBS 2008 setup.


Other blogger's have covered the release:






SBS 2008 starts with something akin to Windows Server 2008 and / or Vista Setup

boot2-1   winpe01  winpe02 

boot 4 boot 5 boot 6



Once this is completed, there are extra steps that are specific to SBS 2008:

It is possible that your system does not meet quite the right specification – mine has less than 4GB of RAM, while not a blocker, is a warning!finish01  finish02 

You need to set the clock correctly (time and time zone) to ensure all the certificates work correctly

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Install updates is a good idea!!


Some more installs

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Enter the information about your organisation

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Now it tries to name your domain, user etc.

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The marketing messages while install happens:

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That is the setup part of the process done.  The next entry will be the SBS console process to finish the install (and a few mistakes I made).  See all the other SBS 2008 items at http://davidoverton.com/blogs/doverton/archive/tags/SBS+2008/default.aspx




Posted Thu, May 29 2008 10:20 AM by David Overton


Partner Perspectives wrote While I'm on the topic of SBS...
on Fri, May 30 2008 3:24 PM

Today I had lunch with Dave Overton and two of our SBSC partners (Gareth Brown and Vijay Singh ) - we

The Official SBS Blog wrote SBS 2008 how-to info on David Overton's blog
on Tue, Jun 3 2008 11:57 PM

For some great SBS 2008 "how to" guidance, be sure to check out David Overton's blog . SBS 2008 Install

Kanak wrote re: SBS 2008 Install process (in pictures)
on Wed, Jun 4 2008 10:54 PM

Excellent!! Gives me confidence as i know what would be install process when i get a chance to work on Cougar.

Martin Pavlis - KPCS CZ, s.r.o., www.kpcs.cz wrote SBS 2008: Nahlednete do pristi verze
on Thu, Jun 12 2008 12:59 PM

SBS 2008: Nahlednete do pristi verze

TechNet Blog CZ/SK wrote SBS 2008: Nahlednete do pristi verze
on Thu, Jun 12 2008 1:00 PM

Pokud se zajímáte o nový SBS 2008 a rádi byste se na něj jen tak “koukli”, můžete navštívit blog Davida

Binu wrote re: SBS 2008 Install process (in pictures)
on Wed, Jun 18 2008 3:11 AM

Nice... Now we know what screen should appear while running the Setup.

Will be helpful while installing SBS 2008...

Jassy wrote re: SBS 2008 Install process (in pictures)
on Thu, Jun 19 2008 7:37 PM

Cool .. Nothing more descriptive than this !!

Dean wrote re: SBS 2008 Install process (in pictures)
on Thu, Jul 3 2008 2:21 AM

There is a Step-by-Step video which demonstrates SBS 2008 installation at:


I would add that you can meet two types of errors during the installation – Blocking and Warning errors. If you do not meet the minimum requirements for partition size – 40GB (40960MB), and Memory – 2GB, you are getting a Blocking error which effectively means that you can not proceed.

The Screencast at NetoMeter.com demonstrates such a scenario too.



Andrew wrote re: SBS 2008 Install process (in pictures)
on Thu, Jul 31 2008 6:06 PM

One additional thing I thought I would comment is that SBS 2008 RC0, which appears to be what you installed, will allow you to install with only 2GB Ram, giving you a warning.  There is on the other hand RC1 which is available now and unfortuneately it got changed from a warning to a block.  You can not install RC1 without 4GB minimum ram.

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Hit the ground running wrote Running with SBS – I have the Answerfile
on Tue, Oct 7 2008 9:05 PM

Problem 1 getting SBS running in a test and dev environment…. The solution, using an 8Gb shuttle we set

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Abs wrote re: SBS 2008 Install process (in pictures)
on Tue, Jan 18 2011 7:48 AM

i have the same server, can u plz provide me the steps to join additional domain controller, because i m trying to add additional domain but it's giving an  error, replication failed to allocate memory, i have configured forwadr and reverse zone but the error still persist, can any1 help

Alicia Edward wrote re: SBS 2008 Install process (in pictures)
on Mon, Sep 5 2011 10:34 AM

this is so cool ... and i found it so interesting, Abs I have never experienced such a issue on my server, hope you find it's solution soon and if you find then do share it here as well .

David Overton wrote re: SBS 2008 Install process (in pictures)
on Sat, Sep 10 2011 10:47 AM

Abs, Are you running Windows Server 2003 or above?  You need to lift the AD domain and forest level up to 2003 at least.


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