Friday, January 29, 2010

SharePoint Server and Project Server 2010 Installation

In this post our goal is to describe SharePoint Server 2010 and Project Server 2010 public Beta build installation process from the very beginning step by step. While installing the products various issues might be faced and we will show possible working solutions.

SharePoint Server 2010 and Project Server 2010 installation packages are provided with “default.hta” files for each of the products which are recommended to run first of all ( However, it is not necessary. Each product installation consists of two phases: installation of prerequisites and product installation itself, which are possible to run separately. Anyway, the Prerequisite Installer should be run before the main product installation.

SharePoint Server 2010 installation.

Run “Setup.cmd” file:

Click “Install software prerequisites” menu item:

The main purpose of the Prerequisite Installer is to download and install a set of products and frameworks that SharePoint Server 2010 is dependent on. If any of these products are already installed on the target system, it highly recommended uninstalling them first as the Prerequisite Installer always downloads the latest products versions including Betas and CTPs. If the server where you install SharePoint Server 2010 is not connected to the Internet, you must install all the software prerequisites manually. The list of prerequisites and the download locations are available at After the Prerequisite Installer is done a system restart might be required.

Another issue is a pending system restart. For instance, you uninstalled a product and didn’t restart the server. It could be SharePoint Server 2010 application, and in fact, after the product is finally uninstalled it doesn’t warn about a system restart. You might be seeing the following error message:

Surprisingly, but this problem can be overcome the same way as in case of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 product installation, with help of Windows Registry changes (

  1. Open Regedit.
  2. Find the key "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager".
  3. Rename the "PendingFileRenameOperations" value to "PendingFileRenameOperations2".
  4. Restart your machine and then try again.

By the way, the last step is not necessary; a system restart is not needed.

Click “Next”:

Wait until the installer finishes up and click “Finish”. Now your server is prepared for SharePoint 2010 installation. Click “Install SharePoint Server” menu:

SharePoint Server 2010 can be installed of one of three types:

  1. Standalone.
  2. Server Farm: Stand-alone.
  3. Server Farm: Complete.

Standalone and Server Farm (stand-alone) types include Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express Edition installation by default and do not let user to change the default settings: SQL Server Administration account to use, SharePoint configuration database name etc.

Server Farm (complete) type installs all the components except Microsoft SQL Server 2008 instance itself. You should have SQL Server 2008 instance installed on the server before launching the SharePoint Configuration wizard. Different SharePoint Server 2010 build actually require different SQL Server 2008 instance and SQL Server 2008 Native Client product versions. For instance, the latest build requires SQL Server 2008 SP1 and KB976761 hotfix that upgrades SQL Server 2008 Native Client to 10.0.2740.0 version.

We will take a look at a Server Farm (complete) installation.
Click “Server Farm” button to start the installation:

Select “Complete” menu item and then press “Install Now”, leave “File Location” tab unchanged:

Wait for the installation process to finish:

In fact, there are two ways of finishing of SharePoint Server 2010 installation: to check or uncheck the “Run the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard now” item. We would recommend leaving in unchecked as it saves your time: you could run the wizard after Project Server 2010 is installed. By leaving the item checked you will start the wizard right away and you will need to do it one more time having Project Server 2010 installed.

Project Server 2010 installation.

Install Project Server 2010 product following the same steps as used for SharePoint Server 2010: install the software prerequisites and the product itself.

Now leave the “Run the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard now” item checked and press “Close” button, the SharePoint Configuration Wizard will be launched.

In the next post we will take a look at configuring SharePoint Server 2010 using the SharePoint Configuration Wizard utility, activating Project Server Service Application, creating and setting up a PWA site.


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