To begin readying your network for any major software installation or upgrade, you should map out an overall plan of the deployment. Knowing how each deployment phase fits into the complete picture enables to you to manage the process much more effectively.
For Windows EBS, you can divide the deployment process into the following six steps. (It is assumed in this deployment overview that you are installing Windows EBS Standard Edition. In Windows EBS Premium Edition, SQL Server 2005 or 2008 can be installed at any point after the Windows EBS servers.)
Time: 3 to 8 weeks before deployment
Duration: 8 hours
Tool: Preparation Wizard
Disc: Windows EBS Installation Disc 1
The first step in deploying ...