In my up and coming posts, I'll be talking quite a bit about "SharePoint 2010 Server", So, If you're going to follow my SharePoint posts, you better install the goods.
You can read all the E-books and blogs you'd like, but there's nothing like getting your hands dirty.
Installing SharePoint is not your usual "Next-Next" installation, well actually it is , but you better pay attention to each step,Cause any decision you will make on the way, will affect the way you develop SharePoint-based applications.
This post will demonstrate how to quickly install a development environment of SharePoint , so you can get a glimpse on what SharePoint is really all about , plus, the installation will give you a quick view of some of SharePoint's main building blocks and features.
SharePoint 2010 comes in the following forms:
SharePoint Foundation 2010 – previously known as WSS , the basic SharePoint 2010 for smaller organizations or departments looking for a low-cost entry-level or pilot solution for secure, Web-based collaboration.
SharePoint 2010 Server – Adds collaboration features to the Foundation edition that allows it to tie into data repositories outside of SharePoint. Also adds more management features and supports more users.
SharePoint 2010 Server for internet sites – For small and medium businesses looking to create Internet or intranet sites using the standard features of SharePoint Server 2010, and for companies that want to host the server on premises.
FAST search server for SharePoint – Takes SharePoint Server 2010 and adds the high-end search technology. Features include contextual search (such as recognizing departments or geographies), ability to tag meta data to unstructured content and more scalability.
SharePoint Online – SharePoint Online delivers SharePoint as a cloud service.
Today, I'll be installing the main version, the SharePoint 2010 server on Windows Server 2008 R2.
First you've got to install all the following products:
The important ones are SQL server updated, just to make sure you're SQL server is up to date. You might have them installed them already via Windows update.Make sure you've got everything installed successfully.
Next you need to enter your product key. There are two types of keys : Enterprise CAL or Standard CAL (Client Access License).
Enterprise Client Access License
For organizations looking to enable advanced scenarios for end users to locate, create and act on data and documents in disparate sources from within a familiar and unified infrastructure. Use the Enterprise CAL capabilities of SharePoint to fully interoperate with external line-of-business applications, Web services, and Microsoft Office client applications; make better decisions with rich data visualization, dashboards, and advanced analytics; and build robust forms and workflow-based solutions
Standard Client Access License
For organizations looking to deploy a business collaboration platform across all types of content. Use the core capabilities of SharePoint to manage content and business processes, find and share information and expertise, and simplify how people work together across organizational boundaries.
Even if you are the only one developing SharePoint right now , you should install using the "Server Farm" to enable sharing of all setting,In case needed. Standalone installation would fit best only for Windows 7.
In this step, use should choose "C complete" so you can add servers to your farm, if needed. Plus, you probably have an SQL server somewhere ready for you , so there's no need to install an additional instance which comes in the "standalone" option.
That's it! It's time to configure your SharePoint server using "SharePoint products configuration wizard" that opens up automatically when the installation is complete.
Basically the purpose of this wizard is to configure the databases that will be used by SharePoint.
Next you have to configure the configuration database that will be used by all SharePoint sites. Make sure you use an administrator user from this machine.
The following screens can be run through. If the configuration was successful the following screen will be displayed.
Next, the central administration web site will load and you'll have to configure the farm and create root site.
If the farm configuration was successful you should get the following screen:
You're done! Navigate to your SharePoint site and get a glimpse of your first SharePoint Site.