Installing and Configuring Windows Essential Business Server - Page 2

 By Jabez Gan
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The Hard Part -- Guided Configuration and Migration Tasks

Once all servers have been installed, get back to the management server and a To-Do list will be presented as part of the Guided Configuration and Migration Tasks. This is another reason why a deployment expert is needed to assist in setting up EBS.

Here is the list of tasks you will need to perform. Each of the links points to the respective Microsoft TechNet article:

  1. Configure Subnets to specify the additional subnets used in the environment. (This step is optional.)
  2. Configure Site-to-Site VPN to establish a secure connection to remote branch sites. (This step is optional.)
  3. Configure Firewall Rules to create the firewall rules for the network. (This step is required.)
  4. Configure SAN Storage to connect the EBS server to the SAN storage. (This step is optional.)
  5. Migrate DNS to move the DNS from an old server to EBS (This step is required.)
  6. Migrate DHCP to move the DHCP settings from an old server to EBS. (This step is required.)
  7. Configure Management Tools to configure System Center Essentials to create group policy objects for managing the network. (This step is required.)
  8. Activate the Servers to activate the licenses for EBS. (This step is required.)
  9. Configure DNS Sender ID to further secure the Exchange mail server. (This step is recommended.)
  10. Configure DNS for Remote Access to allow remote access to EBS from the Internet. (This step is optional.)
  11. Configure Certificate Settings for Remote Web Workplace to assign a certificate with Remote Web Workplace for SSL. (This step is recommended.)
  12. Migrate the Exchange Server Mailboxes to move mailboxes from an older Exchange Server. (This step is recommended.)
  13. Move the User Scripts and Profiles to move user profiles from previous Active Directory. (This step is recommended.)
  14. Discover Computers and Devices to discover and install System Center Essential management agents. (This step is recommended.)
  15. Configure Software Update Rules to configure System Center Essentials to download and push updates to clients. (This step is recommended.)
  16. Move Active Directory Roles to move the AD roles to the management server. Must be done within 30 days of installation. (This step is required.)
  17. Configure SharePoint Services to configure SharePoint for collaboration. (This step is optional.)
  18. Install Client Access Licenses to add purchased CALs. (This step is required.)
  19. Assign Client Access Licenses to assign CALs to users/devices. (This step is required.)
  20. Start the Administration Console to start the Administration Console to monitor server and network health. (This step is optional.)
  21. Verify the Configuration and the Migration to verify the configuration, functionality and connectivity of EBS. (This step is recommended.)

How Many of the Tasks Do You Need to Do?

Depending on the environment, some of the tasks must be done, for example, migrating DNS or DHCP. For the others, they can be safely ignored. For example, if a company is located in one physical location, you might only have one subnet, might not require Site-to-Site VPN. The list above serves as a rough guide, but it depends on the environment and the policies set by the organization.


EBS is engineered to be easy to use, but that does not include installation and setup. The checklist is more of a life saver for deployment experts, as it will allow them to skip the whitepapers to setup EBS systems.

Thanks to HP Malaysia for loaning Enterprise Networking Planet an HP ProLiant ML150 to test EBS.

This article was originally published on Jun 24, 2010
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