28) Once the installation properties has closed go to the “Start Menu”  and click on the “Windows Logo”.


29) Right click on “Network” and click on properties.


30) In the “Open Network and Sharing” Box on the left hand side click on “Change Adapter Settings”.


31) Right Click on the Network Interface Card and click “properties”.


32)  Highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 “IP4” and click on the “Properties” button


33) In the “General” Box click on “Use the following IO address” and Give your Home Server a Static IP, Then Click “OK”.


34) From this point if you have not already done so plug in any disconnected  internal hard drives and/or unplugged external drives as originally recommended as an optional safety net, please plug them back in as well.

35) So you do not have to rebuild everything from ground zero if something were to go wrong during your install do a system backup of the system drive before continuing on with the rest of your Windows Home Server 2011 install.This concludes the Step By Step Bare Metal Install of A Windows Home Server 2011   Good Luck!

Acknowledgement – I want to give a personal thanks to forum member Geoff Coupe in finding the link in the Microsoft Forums on this variation on how to change the default Workgroup Name in which I used in this article.

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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.
  • John (ITBeast) Keller

    Just FYI, This How To Guide also works for Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 installations as well. Just got done doing one this weekend using this guide as well.

  • Aswoc

    Will this instruction work if I already have WHS 2008v3 installed and running?
    Do I just follow this instruction and overwright existing WHS Software? I’m at witts end.thanks

    • John (ITBeast) Keller

      Hi Aswoc

      This instruction will work with both Windows Home Server 2011 and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials only.

      If you follow the instructions per the how to guide The Windows Home Server 2011 Installer will reformat and repartition your primary hard drive and destroy all Data that maybe on your primary hard drive, therefore you may want move any data that is currently on there.

      If you have any further questions please let me know.

  • sicknote

    A great instruction set but what about the next steps – do you have a guide for connecting other PC’s & XBOX around the house to the server….?

  • Franksredhot1

    Awesome, article. FYI, I tried this and forgot to remove one of the larger hard drives and it started to install on that one. I shut it down and tried again but couldn’t get it working. After some time I opend the cfg.ini on another computer and saw that it was modified by the install. I removed the added line “processed=true” and then it worked. I spent about 30 minutes in the bios messing with boot priorities thinking there was something there.

    Thanks for all the work.

    • thanks Andy 🙂

    • ITBeast

      I’m glad I was of help

    • ITBeast

      I’m glad I was of help