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DEJA VU? STANDALONE VS. STAND-ALONE
You might be wondering why there is a Stand-alone option here as well as Complete. Installing
SharePoint here with the Stand-alone option is no different from doing a Standalone installation,
except for the Data Location tab. That tab lets you choose where the index files will be stored (they
can take up a lot of space, so it’s not a bad idea to put them on a different drive than the OS and
SharePoint itself ). That’s the only difference between the Standalone installation type and the
Stand-alone installation option under the Server Farm button.
So if you want to install SharePoint as a standalone server but want the option to put the index files
somewhere other than the SharePoint root, here is where you do that installation.
The Data Location tab is only for specifying the location of the index files for either type
of install, Complete or Stand-alone. To change their location (such as a different drive on
the server), click the Data Location tab (Figure 3.4).
FIGURE 3.4
The Data
Location tab
You can see that there is one field and one option available to specify the data location of
the index files. You could choose not to enable Search for this server (although I can’t
imagine why), making this option moot. But since that’s unlikely, it’s nice to have this option.
In this case, I am going to keep the default data location, but I am going to take a moment
to find out where that default location is, which just so happens to be the SharePoint root
at %Program Files%\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\
Data. That makes sense, since the root will have all the correct permissions and be easy
to back up. The downside to this is that the index files will be on the same drive as the
 
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