20) Just Click “OK” for the next box.


21) Just click “Close” for the “System Properties”


22) Once you hit the “Close” button you will be prompted to restart the server. DO NOT CLICK ON THE “RESTART NOW” OPTION, Instead click the “Restart Later” Button. Now Exit the other boxes until you have to the “Personalization” part of the WHS 2011 setup.


23)  From there enter your Server Name, Password, and Password Hint and click on “Next”.


PLEASE NOTE – This will be the only time you will be able to change not only your workgroup name but the server name as well. Once the installation has completed the changes are permanent unless you remove the certificate authority but that will end up breaking your home server functionality.

24) When asked for Windows Update status click on “Do not do Updates Now” (This will be turned on manually latter) and click next.

25) The Home Server will proceed with installation and reboot in a couple of minutes.


26) Wait approximately 10 to 15 minutes while the installation continues.



27) Once the installation has completed click “closed”


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John has been in the IT profession for over 20 years along with being certified in both Comptia Security + (2008 edition) and a MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) on Both Windows XP & Server 2003 Administration, He currently works as an Windows System Administrator for Northrop Grumman in the Greater Los Angeles Area and manages 3 Windows Active Directory Private Networks (Two 2008 R2 and One 2012 R2) along With 2 VMware EXSI 5.5 Servers in the US. He has been an avid fan and follower of Windows Home Server (Now the Essentials Role of Windows Server) and Visualization Since 2009. He is currently trying to exploit the full potential of Microsoft's Windows Server Operating System to the Home & Small to Medium Business Community along with the power of Visualization. When not being a Nerd and a Geek he likes to watch Movies, Read Comic Books, and most importantly spend time with his family.