Set Up A Fileserver For Small/Medium Enterprises With SME Server 7.1 - Page 2

3 Initial Configuration

The basic system is now installed. After the reboot you must answer a few questions so that the installer can proceed with the initial system configuration.

First, specify a password for the SME Server administrator (username: admin). This will also be the root password:

Confirm that password:

It's possible that the system thinks that your password is too weak. If you want to proceed with that password, hit No:

Enter the domain name for your server, e.g.

Then specify the system name (e.g. server1). The system name and the domain name make up the host name ( in this example):

Next set the IP address of your SME Server, e.g.

Specify the subnet mask, e.g.

Next we must select the operation mode. As our SME Server will not act as a gateway and firewall (remember, we have a hardware router), we choose Server-only here:

Afterwards specify the IP address of your gateway (e.g.

Then switch off the DHCP server on the SME Server (we have a DHCP server on our hardware router):

Don't specify any DNS servers:

Hit Yes to activate all your selections:

Your changes are being activated:

Your SME Server is now ready for use!

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From: at: 2007-03-01 03:14:37

This Linux server distro-package was very easy to setup, and works like a charm. Exactly what we needed

We really like the browser support for setting up users, priviledges and shared folders. As we have about 5-6 local machines running windows xp (I now know it's a sin ;-) this setup is easy and very manageble. I used an older AMD 64 machine, with 2 identical 200GB harddisks installed, to take advantage of the RAID 1 setup during installation. Very nice... and with backup feature via the browser to another pc.

Was at first a bit skeptical, since the distro seems "less popular" than f.ex. ubuntu and openSUSE, yet after trying to go with the ubuntu server (althought great info on the site here) this setup is 110% more straight forward, for a NOB like me and my fellow co-workers. 

Also, it should handle VPN and email, although we don't need this for now. But it looks overall like a very simple and solid solution for us. Imagine... we almost said yes to a local vendor to accept a windows SBS 2003 solution, inkl. a new server, that would have cost us well over $ 5.000,- (inkl. windows upgrade). But SME server seems like just the right alternative for us... a small/mid sized company.

We send a donation right away, and may consider the support available later on.



Cleo Andersen

Copenhagen, Denmark

From: Anonymous at: 2011-05-27 05:35:00

This is the best article that I have found in clear easy to understand step by step configuration for SME file server. It worked for me the first time although I am using version 7.5.1 Thanks to author I have it up and running to store all of my files and pictures.

Thank You for a great tutorial.

M H Bell 

From: Ariel González at: 2011-06-23 11:03:52

Very useful, very "to-the-point".

Just what I was looking for.