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Many CUs require that you actually request them (and the CUs we need are no exception). The
request will require an active email account, where you will receive an email with a link to the CU
download and a time-limited password to use to extract the CU so you can use it (yes, it’s just a
password-protected zip). The CU password lasts only seven days, so don’t request it until you know
you’ll use it within that time.
Keep in mind also, when you are extracting the files, that depending on your server’s security, it
may not let you put the files on the root of the drive, even though that may be the default location
for the file when it extracts. Since it’s a one-time-use file, put it where your account can reach it,
such as the desktop, download folder, or a share.
Because this installation type will be using an existing installation of SQL, be sure that your
SQL server is up-to-date with its service packs, cumulative updates, and other assorted patches.
You, of course, need to know what the SQL server name is (and the instance that SharePoint will be
using, if your server has more than the default). You don’t need to precreate the configuration
database, although the configuration wizard might give you that impression. It will create a
configuration database for you, using the information you provide during the configuration process.
Finally, keep in mind what the farm account’s username and password are, because they are
required to configure SharePoint.
If your DBA requires you to let them build the databases and has created the configuration
database for you, then you need to know the name of that database before you can install SharePoint.
Remember that the setup account must have the correct permissions in SQL for this to work, because
it will be need to be able to assign the farm account to the configuration database and get things
rolling. For more information about using precreated databases for SharePoint, see the TechNet
article “Deploy by using DBA-created databases (SharePoint Foundation 2010).” It implies that
everything must be done using PowerShell, but that is not always the case.
Running the Installation Wizard
Once these preparations are complete, it’s time to actually do a SharePoint Complete installation.
1. Run the SharePoint installer (double-click the SharePointFoundation.exe file that you
downloaded and originally used to run the preparation tool). That will bring you to the
SharePoint Foundation 2010 installation screen.
2. On the installation screen, click the Install SharePoint Foundation link.
3. There might be a pause while the installer prepares files, and then the EULA page will come
up. To install, you must accept the terms of the agreement, of course; then click Continue.
That will bring up the critical page that defines the installation type (Figure 3.2). On this
page are two buttons, Standalone and Server Farm. Choose the installation you want.
4. For our Complete installation, you first have to click the Server Farm button.
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