Performing SharePoint 2010 Installations (part 2)

12/8/2010 2:32:13 PM
1.1.2. Phase Two of SharePoint 2010 Standalone Edition Installation

In the second phase of a SharePoint 2010 Standalone installation, you are actually building and configuring your SharePoint farm using most of the default built-in options. Your configuration database, the Central Administration interface and its supporting database, and the service application are registered and started, and then their supporting databases are created. Finally, a default home site collection and its supporting database are created.

  1. Click Close on the Run Configuration Wizard page of the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard (Figure 4). You are presented with the Configuration Wizard Welcome page, shown in Figure 5.

    Figure 5. SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard Welcome page

  2. Click the Next button to begin building your SharePoint farm. The dialog box shown in Figure 6 appears, indicating that three services may have to be started or reset during the configuration.


    The notification that some services may need to be started or reset does not present issues if you are working with a new, dedicated Web server. However, if your server is currently serving other websites, restarting the Web services will disrupt services, which may be unacceptable during certain times. If this is the case, you’ll need to perform this action during off hours. Also, it is highly recommended that you check network connectivity and DNS resolution from the server to the SQL Server prior to running the wizard.

    Figure 6. SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard Restart Services dialog box

  3. If you click No in the Restart Services dialog box, the Configuration Wizard ends and the farm is not built. If you click Yes, the farm build completes the 10 tasks required to build and configure your farm. You can monitor the progress of the farm build as shown in Figure 7.

    Figure 7. SharePoint Farm Configuration Progress page


    If an error occurs during this section of the installation, you will see an error message that recommends that you view the operating system event log and a SharePoint specific setup log file. There will be a link to this file that you can view to help troubleshoot what caused the installation to fail.

  4. When the Configuration Wizard completes successfully, you will see the Configuration Successful page, indicating the farm was successfully built. Click Finish.

During a Standalone installation, there are some additional configuration tasks that you need to perform. You will be prompted for information about how you want your first site collection built, and you will be asked to set the permission groups before your new site is created.

  1. The first prompt asks you what site template you want to use for your first site collection, which by default is called Home. The default template is Team Site, but you can choose any of the available site templates contained within the four categories displayed in Figure 8.

    Figure 8. First Site Collection Template Selection page

  2. The second prompt asks you what groups you want to use for your first Home site collection. The default group names are Home Visitors, Home Members, and Home Owners, as shown in Figure 9, but you can choose to create new permission groups by selecting the Create A New Group option and specifying the name of the new group.

    Figure 9. Site Collection Permission Groups page

  3. After you decide to use the default permission group names or specify new permission groups, click OK. The Processing page displays while your site collection and its associated permission groups are created.

  4. When the new site collection has been successfully completed, you will see the new site displayed with the site template and permission groups you specified, as shown in Figure 10.

Figure 10. Top-level website interface


Remember that the last few steps are only performed during a Standalone SharePoint 2010 installation. The Configuration Wizard for a Complete installation is quite different; the steps involved in a Complete installation are explained in the section titled Section 1.3 later in this article.

Your Standalone farm has been created and you should verify it was successful by accessing Central Administration, shown in Figure 11. To do this, click Start, All Programs, Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products, SharePoint 2010 Central Administration.

Figure 11. SharePoint 2010 Standalone installation Central Administration website

After you have completed a Standalone installation of SharePoint 2010, you can manage your SharePoint databases using SQL Server Management Studio. However, first you need to locate the SQL Server Management Studio application from the Microsoft website and download it. Then you must register your Standalone SharePoint SQL Server instance using servername\SharePoint. For instance, if you ran a Standalone installation on Server1, you would have to register Standalone\SharePoint in SQL Server Management Studio to manage your SharePoint databases. In Figure 12, you can see the numerous databases that are automatically created for you during the Standalone installation. All of the databases shown, except the SQL Server system databases, are created for you during the Standalone installation.

Figure 12. SharePoint 2010 Standalone installation databases

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