CHAPTER 1 Getting Started

Welcome to Getting Started for Microsoft® Windows® Small Business Server 2003. This guide will help you successfully complete your installation of Windows Small Business Server 2003.

Using This Guide

Information about installing Windows Small Business Server 2003 is provided in the following chapters:

  • Chapter 2, "Before You Begin," provides the details of each of the steps that are required before beginning Setup and that are covered in the Quick Start poster.
  • Chapter 3A, "New Installation," provides the step-by-step instructions for installing Windows Small Business Server 2003 when no previous operating system exists. You can also use these instructions if you are installing Windows Small Business Server 2003 on a computer running an operating system that is not supported for an upgrade.
  • Chapter 3B, "Upgrade Small Business Server 2000," provides the step-by-step instructions for replacing Small Business Server 2000 with Windows Small Business Server 2003, on the same computer, while saving data and settings.
  • Chapter 3C, "Upgrade Windows 2000 Server or Windows Server 2003," provides the step-by-step instructions for replacing Windows 2000 Server or Windows Server™ 2003 with Windows Small Business Server 2003, on the same computer, while saving data and settings.
  • Chapter 4, "Administering and Monitoring Your Server," provides information about managing your server.
  • Appendix A, "Additional Information," provides information that may be necessary to successfully complete Setup, for example, if you need to purchase additional client access licenses (CALs) or choose an Internet service provider (ISP).
  • Appendix B, "Understanding Your Network," provides an explanation of basic network concepts related to a small business network and the types of Internet connections that you can configure using the Configure E-mail and Internet Connection Wizard.
  • Appendix C, "Network Configuration Settings," provides information about how to configure an existing firewall device or DHCP server device on your network, for Windows Small Business Server 2003, if the device does not support configuration by the UPnP architecture.
  • Appendix D, "Default Settings," provides details about how Windows Small Business Server Setup configures the operating system and applications for the needs of a small business.
  • Appendix E, "Accessibility for People with Disabilities," provides information about the accessibility features in products in the Windows Server™  2003 family, and it tells where to find other products and information related to accessibility.


  • Information about backing up or restoring your server running Windows Small Business Server is not included in this guide. For more information about backing up and restoring your server, see “Backing Up and Restoring Windows Small Business Server 2003” at the Microsoft Web site( Alternatively, information about restoring your server is available in the “Restoring Your Server” section of Restrdoc.htm, which is in the \Docs folder on Windows Small Business Server 2003 Disc 1.

If you are completing a server migration to replace a previous version of Small Business Server or to replace Microsoft® Windows®  NT 4.0 on a new computer, see the following step-by-step instructions.

What's in the Box

Along with this guide, you received the following:

  • Quick Start poster. Use this poster to step through tasks necessary to prepare for installing Windows Small Business Server 2003. This includes information such as how to add a computer running Windows Small Business Server to your existing network, how to connect to the Internet, and what information you must obtain before you start Setup.
  • Windows Small Business Server 2003 installation discs. Use either the four CDs or the DVD (if available) to install Windows Small Business Server 2003. If your computer has a DVD drive, it is recommended that you install using the DVD. The DVD does not require the disc swapping that is required when using the CDs. If you are unsure whether your computer supports a DVD, see your hardware manufacturer's documentation.
  • Microsoft® Office Outlook® 2003 disc. Use the Outlook 2003 disc when Setup prompts you to insert the disc. Setup then creates an installation share that is used to deploy Outlook 2003 to client computers when you complete your server's configuration at the end of Setup. You can also use this disc to manually install Outlook on a client computer.
  • Windows Small Business Server 2003 CAL document. Read this document for information about client licensing.

Using Setup

Windows Small Business Server 2003 Setup automatically prompts you throughout your installation. Additionally, Setup provides default values that are typical for a small business. It is recommended that you accept these values. However, if you want to change a default value, click More Information on the Setup page to review information about changing the default.

After Setup is complete, there are many resources available to you for learning more about Windows Small Business Server 2003, including how to complete specific tasks. For details, see the "Additional Resources" section in Appendix A, "Additional Information."