Set Up A Fileserver For Small/Medium Enterprises With SME Server 7.1 - Page 3

4 The Server Console

After the completed installation, you can now log in on the shell with the username admin and the admin password. Afterwards, you will see the server console:

It gives you the opportunity to change settings, view status reports, reboot the system, etc. Most of the time you don't need it as you can do almost everything from the SME Server web interface (which I will cover next). However, we can test now if the SME Server has internet access:

After the successful internet connection test you can select 8. Exit from the server console:


5 Update The System

Next go to with a browser and log in as admin:

You should now see the SME Server web interface. If you like you can now browse the menu to get used to it:

It's a good idea to check for updates before we are going to use the system.Therefore, go to Software installer and click on Install available updates:

Select the updates you want to install (if there are updates available), then click on Install selected updates:

Yum will download and install the updates. This can take a few minutes:

Afterwards, click on Reconfigure. If a reboot is required, the system will tell you so:

In my case I had to click on Reconfigure twice before the system actually started to reboot:

After the reboot, our SME Server is now up-to-date.

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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.