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The next page that opens is Connect To A Server Farm (Figure 3.9). This page is one to
keep in mind if in the future you will be adding another server to the farm. It offers you
two options; you can choose Connect To An Existing Server Farm if this installation is
not the first and you want to add this server to an existing SharePoint implementation’s
configuration database. Otherwise, you can select Create A New Server Farm if this is the
first installation of SharePoint and a new configuration database has to be created.
FIGURE 3.9
The Connect To A
Server Farm page
4. In our case, this is the first Complete installation, so we have to create the new
configuration database. Therefore, select Create A New Server Farm, and click Next.
5. You’ll see the Specify Configuration Database Settings page. Because you chose to create
a new farm, this page is where you specify the farm’s configuration database
information. As you can see in Figure 3.10, you need to enter the SQL Server’s name (it prefers the
NETBIOS name for the server, actually) and configuration database. The server name for
the SQL 2008 server on my network is RR1, so that’s what I am using.
6. There will be a suggested default name for the configuration database (unsurprisingly,
SharePoint_Conig). You can change it if you’d like, but for this example, I’m going to
keep it for clarity’s sake.
In addition to specifying the SQL server name and database, this page is also where you
specify the farm account that will ultimately own that database and run SharePoint.
For my example, I am going to use the farm account I created earlier. The syntax for the
username is domain\username . So, in my case, that would be dem0tek\spffarm (since
dem0tek is the domain name I’m using for this topic).
7. Enter the farm account’s username and password before continuing.
8. Be sure to check all the information on this page carefully; then click Next to continue.
The next step in the configuration wizard is new to this version of SharePoint, the Specify
Farm Security Settings page (Figure 3.11). The passphrase you enter here (you can change it
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