This article is part 3 in a 4 part series that shows how I build my SharePoint 2010 development environment from the ground up. In the previous series I built a Windows 2008 R2, configured the Active Directory Domain Services role, provisioned SharePoint service accounts, configured the IIS role, installed and configured SQL 2008, updated SQL, and configured a SQL Server alias.
Now that you’ve diligently followed all of the steps in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, and taken snapshots along the way, you’re ready to install SharePoint 2010!
Warning- If you click on “Install SharePoint Server” before installing the prerequisites you will receive an warning similar to the one below, mainly requiring “Geneva” which is required for SharePoint 2010 “Claims Based Authentication”.
Our warning also asked us to install “Geneva” and IIS which we can do using the “Install software prerequisites ” button
If the installation fails make sure that your server has an internet connection because the installation of Geneva requires that the server download content
Restart the installation after provisioning an internet connection and the installation should succeed
You should have received the keys in an email from Microsoft (if you are installing a trial)
Always choose Server Farm!!!
You almost always always always always will want to run a “Complete” install. If you are wondering why your computer has multiple SQL Server instances as well as SQL Express then most likely you ran a stand-alone installation in the past.
I like to configure my Central Administration port as 8080.
Login to Central Admin as the user you were logged in as when you first ran the SharePoint Products and Technologies Wizard (this is contrary to what you might think as we would assume that we would login as the application pool account)
I always like to configure alternate access mappings immediately
Next we want to create our top level web application that will host our top level site collection
No search, failover, or service application have been created so we’ll leave the defaults for now
Ulysses Ludwig is a SharePoint architect with over 16 years in the IT and computer industry. Ulysses' primary focus is SharePoint but he dabbles in the latest web technologies and likes to develop software in his spare time.