Written by Cornelius J. van Dyk on . Posted in How Do I...

As you know, the SharePoint 2010 Beta bits dropped today.  So now the question is… what’s next?  If you’re a SharePoint Cowboy you’ve probably already downloaded the bits and fired them up in a TEST environment.  You DID do it in TEST, right? 

Anyway, so if you’re a cowboy, this post is probably not for you.  If on the other hand, you want some guidance, then read on!

  1. NOTE:  This installation assumes another SQL Server installation on the current server or another server, to be used for the installation.  After downloading the Beta bits, locate the install file.  On my VM it was named “en_office_sharepoint_server_2010_beta_x64_x16-19249.exe”.  Double click the EXE to start the installation.
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  3. SharePoint will begin the extraction of files.
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  5. Once the files are extracted, SharePoint will present you with the install screen.
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  7. Once you’ve done some reading in the “Prepare” section, proceed and click the “Install software prerequisites” link in the “Install” section and SharePoint will present you with the Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies 2010 Preparation Tool.
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  9. When you click “Next”, SharePoint will present you with the standard EULA.  Read the EULA and then check the “I accept the terms of the License Agreement(s)” checkbox to enable the Next button.
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  11. Once you click the “Next” button, SharePoint will proceed with installing the prerequisites.
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  13. Once the prerequisites have been installed, you should see the “Installation Complete” window.
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  15. Click the “Finish” button and then click the “Install SharePoint Server” link in the Install section.  SharePoint will present you with the Product Key screen.
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  17. Enter the product key that you got from MSDN and then click “Continue”.  SharePoint will present you with the Software License screen.
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  19. Once you agree with the license terms, click the “I accept the terms of this agreement” checkbox and then click “Continue”.  SharePoint will present you with the Installation Type Choice screen.
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  21. Click “Server Farm”.  SharePoint will present you with the Server Type screen.
  22. On the Server Type tab, Select “Complete”.
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  24. On the File Location tab, you can select alternative installation locations before clicking “Install Now”.
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  26. After clicking “Install Now”, SharePoint will proceed to conduct the installation.
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  28. Once complete, you’ll be presented with the Run Configuration Wizard screen.  If you wish to run the Config Wizard right away, leave the checkbox checked.  If not, simply uncheck the checkbox.  Finally, click “Close”.  The configuration steps will be the topic of my next post.
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Cornelius J. van Dyk

Born and raised in South Africa during the 70's I got my start in computers when a game on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum crashed, revealing it's BASIC source code. The ZX had a whopping 48K of memory which was considered to be a lot in the Commodore Vic20 era, but more importantly, it had BASIC built into the soft touch keyboard. Teaching myself to program, I coded my first commercial program at age 15.

After graduating high school at 17, I joined the South African Air Force, graduating the Academy and becoming a Pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant by age 20. After serving my country for six years, I made my way back into computer software.

Continuing my education, I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Computer Training Institute before joining First National Bank where my work won the Smithsonian Award for Technological Innovation in the field of Banking and Insurance. Soon I met Will Coleman from Amdahl SA, who introduced me to a little known programming language named Huron/ObjectStar. As fate would have it, this unknown language and Y2K brought me to the USA in 1998.

I got involved with SharePoint after playing around with the Beta for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Leaving my career at Rexnord to become a consultant in 2004, I was first awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for SharePoint in 2005, becoming only the 9th MVP for WSS at the time. I fulfilled a life long dream by pledging allegiance to the Flag as a US citizen in 2006. I met the love of my life and became a private consultant in 2008. I was honored to receive my ninth MVP award for SharePoint Server in 2013.

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