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That’s it for simply confirming that everything is OK with the Standalone installation. We’ve
proven that we can access the first SharePoint site at port 80 for the server, the file system is set
up, and the databases are in place and accounted for. We checked IIS for the SharePoint
applications’ corresponding IIS Web Sites, complete with virtual directories (which tie back to the
SharePoint root file system) and application pools. Last but not least, we checked out Central
Administration itself and saw that it was up and working on the correct port, and we took a
peek at the services that are running on the server.
Now it’s time to move on to the post-installation configuration tasks.
Post-installation Configuration Tasks
This is the point in the process where a few more things need to be done in order to have their
implementations truly up and running. There are many settings that can be configured in
SharePoint to suit your environment, but there are a few that commonly need to be set up before
you are really ready to go.
When you install SharePoint using the Standalone option, most settings are configured for
you, using local accounts. This lets you see what a running and correctly configured SharePoint
Foundation server looks like. When you install SharePoint using the Complete option, you will
need to configure most of the services yourself (as well as create your first web application and
site collection). The Complete installation gives you much more control over how services are
configured, but it is more complicated to implement initially.
With either type of installation, there are still several tasks you must perform before your
implementation is complete, the primary task being configuring email settings. Even the
Standalone installation cannot predict what your email server name might be in your
environment, so you will need to set that up yourself.
Once outgoing and incoming email are configured, our final post-installation task will be to
set up some user accounts. Right now the only farm administrator for this installation is the one
you used to install SharePoint. We need to add more administrators, both at the farm level and
at the site collection level, as well as at least one average user to log in with for testing purposes.
Then the implementation will be ready for work.
Configuring Outgoing Email
To configure SharePoint to be able to do outgoing email, you need to specify the email server,
such as your ISP or Exchange server. SharePoint can’t know that on its own—thus it waits,
unconfigured, until you get around to it. SharePoint requires outgoing email to be configured
so it can send out notifications and alerts.
To configure outgoing email, in Central Administration go to System Settings. On the System
Settings page (Figure 2.56), click Configure Outgoing E-mail Settings under E-mail And Text
Messages (SMS).
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