I’m posting this for myself as much as for anyone else. I can’t count the times I needed to plan the install of a program that I’ve installed before, but could not remember what options were available to me during the program’s setup. Usually these options have to do with scale-out and choosing the wrong thing during setup costs time later on (or a do-over). For me SharePoint Foundation is one of these types of installs. I thought I’d post screenshots of the different paths through SharePoint Foundation setup and configuration, so I will be able to read my own post to remember.
SharePoint Foundation 2010 is a free offering available to you with Windows Sever 2008 64bit and Windows Server 2008 R2. I like to call it a web site provisioning engine because business users no longer need to go through IT and development groups with long delays to deliver simple collaboration web sites. What SharePoint does for a business user with a few clicks would take a skilled developer a decent amount of time to deliver in ASP.Net. In a nutshell, that is what makes SharePoint so powerful.
You need a server to install on, review the system requirements here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc288751.aspx. I used a Windows 2008 R2 Server in my walkthrough.
If you choose to do a complete server farm (see installation scenario 3 at the bottom of this post), you’ll need a SQL Server also. In my case, I used SQL 2008 R2.
Software Preparation Steps
- SharePoint Foundation 2010 setup is contained in a single executable, SharePointFoundation.exe, which you can download from here: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=5970
- Install Software Prerequisites
- Install SharePoint Foundation
After downloading SharePointFoundation.exe, run it on the server you’ve prepared to host SharePoint. Below is the first screen you’ll see:
Click Install software prerequisites
A dialog is presented that lists the items to be installed on the server to make it ready to become a SharePoint Foundation server:
The End User License Agreement comes up and must be accepted to continue:
Click the checkbox in the lower left to accept the terms, then click Next
Prerequisites are installed and configured while the status of the preparation process is displayed:
Finally, a summary dialog is displayed:
The server is now ready for the installation of SharePoint Foundation.
After clicking Finish in the last step, you’re returned to the initial setup menu screen:
Choose Install SharePoint Foundation. You’re then presented with the SharePoint license terms:
Click the check box in the lower left to accept the license terms, then click Continue
Next you’re shown a screen that offers the option of setting up a Standalone server or a Server Farm:
Depending on which button you click, the setup scenarios diverge.
At this point there are three setup scenarios:
- Stand alone server, which is the simplest installation with everything on one machine. You do not need a separate SQL Server. SQL Express will be installed on your SharePoint server. This is generally a good scenario for small collaboration groups or developers’ workstations.
- Stand alone server with index files on a drive you specify. This scenario is the same as #1, but you can store large index files on a drive with more space.
- Complete server farm install. This is the most complex and versatile install. It allows you to install web front end servers and a separate SQL Server.