Resolve: Windows SBS 2011 Essentials Setup Hangs at the “Please wait while installation continues” screen

If during the installation process of Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 Essentials, and the process hangs at the “Please wait while installation continues” screen, then this article may help you resolve the issue.

At this point of the installation, setup is attempting to configure the network and acquire an IP address from a DHCP server. If it is unable to acquire an IP address from a DHCP server, the process will appear to hang.

You can press the Shift key in combination with the F10 key on the keyboard to launch a command prompt window. Use the ipconfig command to verify the IP address information of the server. If the server has a 169.254.x.x (APIPA) address, then the server has not received an address from a DHCP server.

You should make sure a DHCP server is properly configured and located on the same network segment as the SBS 2011 Essentials server. Sometimes it is necessary to disconnect the network card of the SBS 2011 Essentials server and reconnect it. Once the server has acquired an IP address, the setup should move automatically to the following screen

If there is no DHCP server located on the network segment, you can use the following netsh command to assign a static IP address to the SBS 2011 Essentials server:
netsh interface ip set address “interface name” static ipaddr subnetmask gateway metric

Once you set the IP address using the netsh command, you may need to disconnect the network cable from the network card and reconnect it to force the setup process to continue.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by hayden on August 3, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    You are a very good man. THANK YOU!

    Reply

  2. Posted by Laurens Bot on August 18, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Great! I had to renew my IP and then it moved on.

    Thanks a lot.

    Reply

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