Chapter 4 – Installing and Configuring Sharepoint 2010

Wrox SP 2010 Admin – Page 85

Products Preparation Tool à Intalling pre-requsites for Sharepoint 2010. It first configures IIS with the necessary settings. To see ow to use the command line option, do this:

PrerequisiteInstaller.exe /?

If Powershell 1.0 is installed, Powershell 2.0 will not install; so you need to go to Windows Server Manager, deactivates the Windows Powershell feature, then run the oprerequsiteinstaller.exe.

Running Setup.exe –

If setup fails, look for error details: The \LOGS folder in 14 Hive.

Two installation types: (1) Standalone and (2) Server Farm

(1) Standalone installation –

Installing a SQL server 2008 Express on local – even if a SQL server has already bee installed on the server!!!! Biggest drawback about SQL server Express – cannot have database larger than 4GB. SQL server Express doesn’t have a GUI based managemet tool. (such as SQL Manager) You use command line tool osql.exe. Or, better, download the free tool Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Management Studio Express

When you do a Sharepoint Standlaone instllation, you’re commiting to it forever.

(2) Server farm installation –

Web front-End (WFE) option is available in SP 2007, but not 2010.

Scripted install – modify config.xml.

<Setting Id=”SERVERROLE” Value=”SINGLESERVER”/> is standalone setup.
<Setting Id=”SERVERROLE” Value=”APPLICATION”/> is server farm setup.

To do a silent installation, update the config file in:
c:\install\files\setupsilent\config.xml and run this comman to start silent installation –
C:\install\setup.exe /config c:\install\files\setupsilent\config.xml

Two wizards to get the new SP farm up and Running –

  1. SP Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard (Config Wizard)
  2. Initial Farm Configuration Wizard (Central Admin Wizard)


Config Wizard –

Connecting to a server farm –

A SP server farm is one or many SP servers that share the same configuration database. So you need to make a decision of whether you want to “connect to an existing server farm”, or “create a new server farm”. (or, to conect to an existing configuration database, or create a new configuration database)

If you have multiple farms, avoid using the same SQL instance.

Default configuration database name: Sharepoint_Config. You can use a domain user account for the server arm account; this account will be given SQL (1) dbcreator and (2) securityadmin role.

Changing passphrase is possible using Powershell: Set-SPPassPhrase

Central admin: Authentication method – default is NTLM.

For Sharepoint Foundation install only – at the end of installation, you see a button “Active Directory Account Creation Mode” (ADACM). Allows your Sharepoint farm to be set up to automatically create AD user when you add them to Sharepoint. The downside – and a hugh one – you cannot use existing AD user account to access Sharepoint. That’s why this is not used very often.

You can always user the Configuration Wizard to change server configurations throughout server’s life.

Central Admin Wizard –

Run immediatley after the configuration wizards; main purpose is to configure service applications.

Managed Account – New to SP 2010 – Centralized user account management.

Error handling for he Central Admin Wizard –

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