Step by Step Setup – PreRequisites

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 is now finally out in its beta2 avataar. Having been involved with this product since as early as august, the one thing that has been the bane of all the testers is how to install and configure this product properly so as to be able to jump right in. Owing to this, till today, we are still seeing installation issues pop up with every milestone release. Here lets look at what the various installation options are and how do you decide what options to choose?

For the sake of an example lets say you have a clean Windows 2003 Server at your disposal. The moment you double click that setup exe, you are going to see a nice sweet prompt telling you to install certain pre-requisites.

Obviously you need IIS installed from the additional windows features. But apart from that you also need two important components. The first of these is the .NET Framework 2.0. In most cases the correct version of the .NET Framework 2.0 would already be present on the server. How do you verify the presence of the .NET framework 2.0? Check the installed programs in the Add/Remove Programs Dialog. You should find an entry that says Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0. In the event that you do not find it, heres where you can go and get the Framework redistributable:
.NET Framework 2.0 redistributable for x86
.NET Framework 2.0 redistributable for x64
.NET Framework 2.0 redistributable for IA64
 The second component is the Windows WorkFlow Foundation. Earlier this was available as a seperate download under the name WinWF. However, now it has been clubbed with the WinFX package and is available as one single installation. This particular framework is still in Beta stage since it is targeted for a release on the Microsoft Windows Vista/LongHorn platforms. You can get the correct version here: Microsoft Windows WorkFlow Foundation Runtime Components Beta 2.2

once you have installed both the above components, you need to install IIS from the Windows Server disk. Depending upon whether the .NET framework was installed later or earlier compared to IIS, you would also need to install Asp.NET extensions. To do this, open a command prompt and dir to C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727. From this location, execute the aspnet_regiis installer with the -i flag. Now open IIS using the IIS Manager, and hit the Web server Extensions tree. In the list of extensions, enable the one for ASP.NET 2.0.50727

Now you are almost set to begin the installation. There is just one consideration left - do you want to install SharePoint 2007 as a standalone (with SQLExpress) or as a farm install (which would require installing SQL Server). If you chose the farm option, you would need to install SQL Server as well. MOSS 2007 Beta2 is supported to work with both SQL Server 2000 SP3a or higher as well as with SQL Server 2005. If you chose to install MOSS as a standalone installation, then the setup would install SQL Express for you.

So go ahead and launch the setup!

Comments (13)
  1. Kris says:


     Can standalone version of MOSS be installed on a W2K3 box which is not connected to a domain? When I tried it last week I got an error while running the Configuration wizard it failed with SQL Authentication error. I gave up after couple of attempts and just installed WSS 3.0 which installed fine. Can you throw some light as to installing MOSS on a single W2K3 server?


  2. Harsh says:

    Hi Kris,

    Installation on a machine that is not part of a domain (but is part of  a workgroup) does work fine. However, i was not able to gather if you had selected the complete install option or the standalone option. Workgroup installation only supports standalone install and does not work with the complete option.

    The complete option requires you to install a seperate SQL Server and hence needs a connection to AD for authentication.

    Can you email me the PSCDiagnostic logs?


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  4. So, here I am. Finally getting the chance to sit down and install MOSS 2007.

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  5. Saravanan.W.S says:

    Thanks, i have overcome the issue bcoz of ur guidance.

  6. Mike says:

    I have repeatedly tried to install this server, have the prerequisites as described etc but I still get the error that I need the workflow foundation beta, is there an order that needs to be followed for installation?

  7. Harsh says:

    what build number of MOSS are you installing?  And whats the WinWF version?

  8. Vikram says:

    Installed "Visual Studio 2005 Extensions for Windows Workflow Foundation Beta 2(EN)". But Still getting a message that Windows Workflow Foundation Beta 2 required.  Please help.

  9. Chris says:


    There is a difference between the Visual Studio WWF extensions and the runtime components. Look for a file named "Windows Workflow Foundation Runtime Components Beta 2_2(EN) for x86.exe" (for x86 based systems, use x64 if appropriate) from this link:



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