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Utilizing PowerShell to Deploy SharePoint 2010

2 comments January 31st, 2011

Standardization of SharePoint 2010 deployments are important to me, especially within the DoD. It’s my belief that standardization could minimize environmental issues while giving all of us engineers a baseline understanding of how farms have been deployed in common environments, reducing spin up to final resolution times. The use of PowerShell allows us to do this without having to rely on the user to click or not click something which lets face it, sometimes we can’t rely on ourselves to click the right thing every time, so we can’t expect it from anyone else. So let’s look at how we can install SharePoint 2010 using a script and deploy the farm using PowerShell:

I recommend following a previous blog post before implementing the steps below to insure you have prepared your operating system for SharePoint 2010:

Preparing W2K8 for SharePoint 2007/2010 Installation.

Install SharePoint 2010 PreReqs:

For each of the servers in the farm (SPAPPSVR, SPIDX, SPWFE1, and SPWFE2):

  1. Create a folder named SP2010_Build on your D:\
  2. Inside the SP2010_Build folder, create 2 more folders named Products and another named Scripts.
  3. Inside the Products folder, create another folder named SharePoint_2010_Installation.
  4. Copy your SharePoint 2010 RTM files and any updates into the D:\SP2010_Build\Products\SharePoint_2010_Installation folder.
  5. Download the SP2010_PreReq.iso file.
  6. Mount the ISO file to your operating system or burn them to a CD.
  7. Copy the folder named PrerequisiteInstallerFiles to the D:\SP2010_Build\Products\SharePoint_2010_Installation folder.
  8. Copy the file named PrerequisiteInstaller.Arguments.txt file to the D:\SP2010_Build\Products\SharePoint_2010_Installation folder.
  9. Copy the file Prereq_SP2010.cmd to the D:\SP2010_Build\Scripts\ folder.
  10. Execute Prereq_SP2010.cmd from command prompt so that you can view the output:
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    Restart Server(s)

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Really…Free SharePoint 2010 Site Anyone?? =o)

5 comments January 28th, 2011

In my last post, I discussed signing up for a free SharePoint 2010 site.  It was a good idea to get people to know more about SharePoint by just giving away a site to play with.  Well, I wasn’t ready to do it apparently, I was going to have to create the site, create credentials, give them access, e-mail it to people, and maybe the list goes on from there as well.

Well NOT anymore! =o) I integrated a SP2010 Web Application and Site Collection with Windows Live, so if you have a Windows Live Account, or even if you don’t, its free, and you can have one in about 2 minutes: Signup for Windows Live Account Now!

If you have one or now that you do have one…just go to WWW2SHAREPOINTADVICEdotNET, look under Announcements, follow the directions (2 more minutes) and you now have a SharePoint 2010 site, blog, wiki, or whatever you want that SharePoint 2010 has to offer…it’s a lot. =o) So in, 4 minutes, you have a SharePoint 2010 site you are in full control of, and you don’t even have to talk to me!  You can still say Hi though! =o/ HaHa…

Install and Configure Microsoft Network Load Balancing on Windows 2008.

No comments December 29th, 2010

I’m always being asked about Microsoft Network Load Balancing, so I figured I would document the steps.  While there are many ways NLB can be configured, this is just a base configuration that can be expanded upon. 

The following steps will need to be performed on ALL NODES that will reside within the NLB Cluster. 

Open Server Manager, you can open this several different ways in Windows Server 2008. Probably the quickest way to open Server Manager is to right click “My Computer” and choose “Manage”, another way is open “Control Panel” go to “Program and Features” and select “Turn Windows features on or off”. A third way to open it is “Server Manager” option under Administrative Tools. 

  1. Select Features from the Server Manager menu on the left.
  2. Press Add Features.

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Preparing W2K8 for SharePoint 2007/2010 Installation.

5 comments December 9th, 2010

The following tweaks can be made to the Windows 2008 Operating System to allow for a smooth installation of SharePoint while increasing the performance of the sites as well:

  1. Remove Internet Explorer Enhanced Security – This option is removed in order to prevent Enhanced Security from interfering with the process of ensuring farm configuration is proceeding correctly

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