Thursday, February 10, 2011

Install SharePoint Foundation 2010

Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 is the next version of the Windows SharePoint Services. To install SharePoint Foundation 2010 we have to check the environment like whether we are installing for development or for production. First thing we have to check is hardware/software requirements.

If you want to install for development use then please follow this post. Otherwise continue.


Installation Process:

  • Make sure all of the prerequisites installed in the server as described above. It is not a big problem that even they weren't installed SharePoint Foundation tries to install them by downloading from internet. But, it is good if we have all ready.
  • Download SharePoint Foundation 2010 from Microsoft download center.
  • Run the setup of the SharePoint Foundation.
  • Follow wizard and all options as required. [Select Standalone if you are installing for first time]
  • At last step uncheck the option "Run SharePoint Products and Configuration Wizard" and click Finish.
  • Before run the configuration wizard, it is good always to check for any cumulative updates are available. For that, please check it here.
  • Now, run the "SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard" from Start –> All Programs –> Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products.
  • It will take time to install all steps and will be completed successfully without any issues if we configure everything correct.
  • Once done with all and if your web sites needs to support different languages then download and install all language packs needed.
  • Open Central Administration site and configure all as needed.

Note: Once you have installed language packs for Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 then we should run the SharePoint Products and Configuration Wizard. Otherwise the language packs do not work correct.

Some more information:

After you have installed all, you will see everything running fine. When you go to sql server and check for databases, it creates a total of 6 databases.

  • WSS_Content: Content database of the main web application created
  • SharePoint_Config_<GUID>: SharePoint Configuration database
  • SharePoint_AdminContent_<GUID>: SharePoint Central Administration content database.
  • BDC_Service_DB_<GUID>: Business Connectivity Services database. SharePoint Foundation 2010 includes BCS but it doesn't have complete features. It contains all main features like BCS service, Pluggable framework, external list, external columns etc..
  • WSS_Logging: This is SharePoint logging database, which is new in this version of SharePoint. This database has all events logged, which will help us to trace for  errors, exceptions or any further information.
  • WSS_Search_<MachineName>: This is for the SharePoint Foundation search database.

Enjoy using SharePoint 2010.

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