Windows Essential Business Server Deployment Guide

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Jun 25, 2010


Microsoft's Windows Essential Business Server (EBS) 2008 is a low-cost way to get a number of essential network services bundled in an easy-to-manage package. Since EBS consists of multiple servers, it might not be an easy installation, especially if migrating from an existing environment. This Enterprise Networking Planet tutorial will take you through installation and setup of EBS.


Microsoft's Windows Essential Business Server (EBS) 2008 is a low-cost way to get a number of essential network services bundled in an easy-to-manage package.

"EBS consists of four DVDs, where the first DVD contains the preparation and logging wizard and the rest DVDs contain the management, security and messaging software. It's best to turn all three servers on throughout the installation as that allows each of the servers to communicate their status with the management server.

"The first step is to install the management server. Do you remember of the PlanningWizardData.XML file you saved to a thumb drive? During the installation of the management server, this file is required for EBS to ensure that the network environment is compatible with EBS.

"The other required information other than network configuration includes the domain name for Active Directory. This is one of the reasons why EBS needs to be installed by a Windows deployment expert."

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