SharePoint 2010 Environment Setup

5. November 2010 23:14 by Eric in SharePoint  //   Comments (0)


This blog entry aims to demonstrate that the simple setup steps for building up the SharePoint 2010 environment from ground-up on a fresh development box.


Essentially we would like to install SharePoint 2010 “Server Farm” mode – (not “stand-alone” or “Front-end only” mode) and use the SQL 2008 R2 instance as its target database server.


Install SQL Server 2008 R2

SQL Server 2008 R2 gets installed without any hassle on Windows Server 2008 R2 and all default feature settings are coped with SharePoint 2010 installation.

In our case, we would like to install the default instance with full-text indexing and other shared components except for Reporting Service. (Please refer to the following the screen-shot)

Install KB971831 and SharePoint 2010 Pre-requisites

Before installing SharePoint 2010 Pre-requisites, we need to make sure that WCF Hotifx for Microsoft Windows (KB971831) has been applied on the target machine.

Once it has been done, we could quickly start to install SharePoint 2010 Pre-requisites from the SharePoint 2010 installation media. (Please refer to the following screenshot.)

Install SharePoint 2010

1. Choose the Server Farm as the installation type. DO NOT SELECT Standalone because the standalone version installs a copy of SQL Server Express and should not be used.

2. From the server type, same again. Do not choose standalone edition. We should always choose complete edition with all components.

3. After the installation, it’s highly recommended to run the windows updates and cumulative updates rather than going straight to configuration part. Firstly, patch on, then

It’s important to install any service packs and cumulative updates first before continuing with the SharePoint configuration.

Configure SharePoint 2010

1. Create a new server farm

Fire off the configuration wizard, and acknowledge the IIS service re-set during this process. Then create a new server farm and then move on. (Please refer to the screen-shot below.)

2. Configure database
Enter the name of the database server and select a name for the Config database.

3. Enter a farm passphrase
In my case, I would just use my NDE AD password for it.

4. Specify port numbers for SharePoint application Use 3100 for Central Admin, 3500 for Search and 4000 for My sites (Please refer to the screen-shot below.)

5. Choose NTLM for security protocol

6. Review the settings and click Finish to complete the configuration wizard.

Initial Farm Configuration Wizard

1. Run the wizard to provision the components.

2. Create a service account that will become a managed service account for the farm.

3. Check the service applications that will be installed. In my case, I select all of them.

4. After the service application provisioning process has completed, the wizard will prompt me to create a web application and root site collection.

5. After putting title and selecting a template, we are all set for provisioning SharePoint 2010 environment.

Install Visual Studio 2010 and SharePoint 2010 SDK

a. Install Visual Studio 2010
I recommend doing a complete installation along with all shared components, by which there is less hassle for later configuration and patch on.

b. Download and Install the Microsoft SharePoint 2010 SDK
This basically installs the SharePoint 2010 SDK and SharePoint Foundation Server 2010 SDK onto the target machine for development usage.

Download & Install SharePoint 2010 Designer

You could download the designer 64bit from this address


There are a lot of other ways to set up the SharePoint 2010 farm enviornment, and here I have just quickly gone through the set-up process based upon the latest exercise I have conducted and hopefully, it could benefit anyone who's looking for similar reference from the internet.

In the next article, I would like to show you the post-installation configuration and tips-n-tricks when it comes to SharePoint 2010 farm installation and configuration.

Stay tuned and there are a lot more to come!