Migrating to Windows Small Business Server 2011 : Understanding the Migration Process (part 3) - Installing Windows SBS 2011 with an Answer File

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3. Installing Windows SBS 2011 with an Answer File

Once you have created your answer file and saved it to a removable drive, you can begin the Windows SBS 2011 installation. To perform a migration installation, use these steps:

  1. Turn on the computer and insert Disk 1 from the Windows SBS 2011 package into the DVD-ROM drive.

  2. Press a key to boot from the DVD if the system prompts you to do so. The computer reads from the DVD and displays the first page of the Install Windows Wizard.

  3. If you plan to use language, time, and currency format, or keyboard settings other than the defaults, select your preferences from the three drop-down lists. Then click Next. The Install Now page appears.

  4. Insert the storage device containing the answer file in the appropriate drive or slot and click Install now. The Please Read The License Terms page appears.

  5. Select the I accept the license terms check box and click Next. The Which Type Of Installation Do You Want? page appears.

  6. Click Custom (advanced). The Where Do You Want To Install Windows? page appears.

  7. Select or create a partition on a disk, using the Drive options (advanced) controls, if necessary. Then click Next. The Installing Windows page appears, and the setup program proceeds through the various stages of the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system installation.


    When communicating with your source server, if the setup program detects any migration requirements that the server does not meet, it displays a Source Server Does Not Meet Minimum Requirements For Migration page that lists the issues that you must address before the migration can proceed.

    When this phase of the setup process is completed, the computer restarts, locates the answer file, and proceeds with the rest of the installation. If you configured the answer file to perform an unattended installation, the setup process continues without displaying the various configuration pages, but it restarts several times and displays the various progress indicator pages, such as Expanding And Installing Files.

    If you left the Run unattended check box cleared, the setup program displays the individual configuration pages, such as the Source And Destination Server Information page, as shown in Figure 2, with the information from your answer file inserted into the various fields. You do not have to type your information into the fields again, but you do have to click Next to proceed from each page to the

    Optional Setup pages for attended installation.

    Figure 2. Optional Setup pages for attended installation.


    If the screen saver appears and locks the desktop during the installation process, you can unlock it by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del and entering the appropriate password. Depending on where in the installation process the lock occurs, you might have to unlock it using either the new server’s local Administrator account, which has a blank password at this point, or the domain account for which you supplied a name and password in the answer file.

  8. When the installation is complete (which can take a great deal longer than a new Windows SBS 2011 installation), the Installation Finished page appears.

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The Installation Finished page prompts you to proceed by running the Migration Wizard. Clicking the Start the Migration Wizard link simply closes the page and starts the Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard Console. When you perform a migration installation, the console contains an extra Migrate to Windows SBS entry in the Getting started tasks list, as shown in Figure 3.

The Windows SBS Console after a migration installation.

Figure 3. The Windows SBS Console after a migration installation.

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