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.