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SharePoint 2010 Beta 2 Installation and Configuration Visual Tour


This is a quick visual guide to installing and configuring Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Beta 2, as it is from my experience. My environment is configured as such:

  • Virtual Image running on VMWare Player, on top of Windows 7 Enterprise x64
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • SQL Server 2008 SP1 CU2
  • AD, SQL, and SharePoint all co-existing on the same virtual image

This tour will not encompass the SQL or AD configuration however. Possibly in a later post I will cover those, but, just wanted to share the experience of configuring this beauty from a first-timer’s perspective. My friend Erik Kraus has a nice post with details and links to great sources of information regarding prerequisites, and installation instructions here: http://blogs.msdn.com/ekraus/archive/2009/11/17/sharepoint-2010-beta-2-is-finally-here.aspx

First, you will need to download the beta, then double click the executable file, and you’re off to the races.

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Checking the first option allows you to review the hardware and software requirements for SharePoint 2010. These are important! I suggest you do so before continuing. Once you have read these, it also make sense to read the installation guide.

Once you have read up on the requirements and installation procedures, it is time to move on down the line to the Install software prerequisites action. This will run through the SharePoint Products and Technologies 2010 Preparation tool, which as the screenshot below dictates, it installs and configures the following products:

  • Application Server Role
  • Web Server (IIS) Role
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Native Client
  • Microsoft “Geneva” Framework Runtime
  • Microsoft Sync Framework Runtime v1.0 (x64)
  • Microsoft Chart Controls fro Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
  • Microsoft Filter Pack 2.0
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services ADOMD.NET

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Click Next >

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Agree to the EULA and click Next >

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The tool will then run through its paces, and if all goes well, you will see the following screen, letting you know that all the prerequisites have been installed or enabled.

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You will now be back at the trusty splash screen. Go ahead and click on Install SharePoint Server

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Then enter in your product key, which will be validated, and once so, the Continue button will light up. Click it.

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Agree to another EULA and click Continue

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In this “Choose Your Own Adventure” story, I selected Server Farm.

Editor’s Note: Unfortunately I missed a screenshot here, of the Server Type screen. I hope to have a screenshot of it here shortly. Onwards!

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Next, on the File Location screen, these are the defaults, which I kept, as I only have the one partition on my virtual image. Then click Install Now if you are fine with these settings

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The installation begins! Once this process finishes, you will be presented with the following screen to run the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard – let’s do that.

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The wizard will then load. Go ahead and click Next > to begin.

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You’ll get this familiar pop-up.. go ahead and click Yes.

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Choose Create a new server farm and click Next >

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Here you will need to specify your database configuration settings. Fill those in and click Next >

If by chance you are not “up to code” on your version of SQL, you will get this error

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Otherwise, you will see this next screen

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Here, you will specify a password for your new SharePoint farm. As it states above, the password “is used to secure farm configuration data and is required for each server that joins the farm”. It also states that it can be changed, but, you may want to jot this down somewhere. Once entered, click Next >

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Specify the Central Administration port (I am partial to 9999), or let it auto-assign a random port for you. And choose your authentication method. I stuck with NTLM for now. This can be changed later on. If you decided on Kerberos here, you’d get this message after clicking Next >

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But I didn’t, so we didn’t see that…. so after clicking Next > we see the following summary screen.

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Click Next > here to apply these settings, or, click < Back to go back and change these if needed.

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This will then kick off into the 10 step configuration process.

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On successful configuration, and clicking Finish, you will be directed into Central Administration to the following URL: http://sp2010dev-01:9999/_admin/adminconfigintro.aspx?scenarioid=adminconfig&welcomestringid=farmconfigurationwizard_welcome

And you can see your new baby for the first time. Awww… so sweet and cuddly. I think I’ll name her Jane.

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You will first be prompted to join the Customer Experience Improvement Program, I selected yes, and went on my merry way.

That is it for now… more to come soon! Thanks for watching.

 

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About Geoff Varosky
Geoff Varosky is a Senior Architect for BlueMetal Architects, based out of Watertown, MA. He has been architecting and developing web based applications his entire career, and has been working with SharePoint for the past 13 years. Geoff is an active member of the SharePoint community, Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of the Boston Area SharePoint Users Group, co-founder for the Boston Office 365 Users Group, co-organizer for SharePoint Saturday Boston and speaks regularly at SharePoint events and user groups.

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