In this Technote, we will run through the process of installing SharePoint 2010 in a Small Farm Environment. 

In this topology we have two Windows Server 2008 R2 servers. The roles are below:

  • Server 1: VMWare Windows Server 2008 Standard
    Role:  Domain Controller and Mail Server
    Specs: Windows 2008 Standard 2048 MB Ram, 80 GB HDD
     
  • Server 2: VMWare Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
    Role: SharePoint 2010 Server
    Specs: Windows 2008 Standard 3072 MB Ram, 80 GB HDD

The first thing that we always advise our clients to do is to prepare what is know as a "SharePoint Farm Preparation Guide", which details the Physical Architecture, Logical Architecture, Specs, Accounts Username and Passwords, License keys, etc

 

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Once setup is launched, the very first thing you need to do is “Install software Prerequisites".

 

N.B. We thoroughly advise you to uninstall any items that maybe on your computer that constitutes one of the prerequisites that you will be installing in this section. We specifically remove the “Windows Identity Foundation” which will cause your installation to fail if it is already installed.

Click the link to install pre-requisites.

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Below are the items that will be installed as prerequsites for SharePoint 2010, if any of these fail, you MUST correct it before moving forward even though the installation may allow you to continue. I have seen instances where my “Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Service ADOMD.NET” failed to install and it allowed me to continue then blew up later on. 

  • Application Server Role, Web Server (IIS) Role
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Native Client
  • Hotfix for Microsoft Windows (KB976462)
  • Windows Identity Foundation (KB974405)
  • Microsoft Sync Framework Runtime v1.0 (x64)
  • Microsoft Chart Controls for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
  • Microsoft Filter Pack 2.0
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services ADOMD.NET
  • Microsoft Server Speech Platform Runtime (x64)
  • Microsoft Server Speech Recognition Language - TELE(en-US)
  • SQL 2008 R2 Reporting Services SharePoint 2010 Add-in

Click Next to begin.

 Accept the Terms and Proceed.

 

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The installation of the Pre-Requisites will complete, and once done, you will be prompted to restart the server.

Complete the restart as needed, and the pre-requisite installation and configuration will complete.

Relaunch the initial setup, and click on Install SharePoint Server.

 

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Next you need to provide the appropriate license key.

 

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Click on Continue

Accept the Terms and conditions ..

 

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Select Standalone Farm ..

While this is not recommended, it is generally fine for the installation of a test environment on a single server.

 

 

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 The installation proceed, and installs all features.

 

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Once the installation completes, you will be prompted to Run the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard.

Click Close to proeed.

 

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Make sure that you have your Farm Prep guide (previously mentioned earlier) with all your information before moving forward, you will need Account Names, Server Names, etc.

 

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As part of the configuration, a few services have to be started.

 

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If this is the first server then you choose “Create a new Farm” if it isnt then you must choose the other.

 

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 The installation completes successfully.

 

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And the SharePoint Site administration will launch in Internet Explorer.

 

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