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I’m in the VERY early stages of trying to gather up all the tips/tricks/tweaks/guidance on installing and setting up SBS 2008 cleanly.

So what do you think so far?  Feel free to ping me with suggestions or add your own comments to the document.


6 Responses to Small Business Server 2008 – Build document

  1. Dean says:

    Just my 2 cents but at the beginning I would add something like this to the section on hardware to be done BEFORE the installation is started:

    Install BIOS upgrade if necessary

    Install RAID firmware upgrade if necessary

    Install hard drive firmware upgrade if necessary

    Install any other firmware upgrades if necessary

    Go into the BIOS Setup

    While in the BIOS set the boot order

    Turn on or off hardware assisted virtualization

    Make any other necessary changes in the BIOS setup

    Back up the raid configuration if the option is available

    Then I would make a list of all the relevent service packs and hotfixes and rollups that are needed to be installed after the installation is finished. Things like this also

    The latest MS DTC Hotfix Rollup Package

    The latest COM+ Hotfix Rollup Package

    The latest VSS updates and hotfixes


    Lastly I would explain how to set up any relevent hardware like NIC cards ( ie Turn off all offloading functions on the NIC card )

  2. Peter Perry says:

    I’ve been using Philip Elder’s checklist.


  3. bradley says:

    Yup, that’s a great migration doc, but I am trying to capture new build info.

  4. Joe Raby says:

    Your first step brings up an important question:

    Has anyone ever been able to get a stable EFI (that natively supports their drive controller) to install SBS with UEFI mode?

    ….I would also add the non-default options that BPA suggests, like TCP Chimney, etc. (Why aren’t those set as defaults in SBS if they’re recommended?! They should really implement best practices as setup defaults in the first place. Running the default options shouldn’t be considered “less than best” practice.)

  5. Dean says:


    Sorry, I have never had the chance to work with EFI. I gather from your comment that it is not very good yet.

  6. Simon Thomson says:

    Doc looks good, the more real world info on SBS the better.
    The various tweaks are a nice addition as SBS needs them to “be all it can be”.

    Here’s one for RWW and Outlook anywhere that cost me some time.

    Users attempting to use RDP or Outlook via RWW could not connect or could not maintain a connection. Similar symptoms are displayed whilst attempting to use Outlook Anywhere.

    The reason this happens is due to the default setting of 2.0’s default maximum concurrent requests of 12 per CPU. When using RPCProxy, which is used by both Outlook Anywhere and TS Gateway, the connections are asynchronous which can cause you to hit the limit of 12 pretty fast. For more detail on thread usage and this limit please read.

    1. Open regedit with administrative permissions.
    2. Create the below DWORD and set its value to 5000 decimal. This will increase the limit of concurrent requests.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ASP.NET\2.0.50727.0\ MaxConcurrentRequestsPerCPU