Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
The Central
home page
Some settings pages for Central Administration have a limited menu of options to choose from,
along the lines of a single link to use or the menus from the previous version of SharePoint (con-
taining drop-downs for New, Actions, and Settings). Others will comply with the current version
of SharePoint’s ribbon bar design (like Office 2007 or 2010). Don’t be alarmed if they vary.
Now that you’ve seen how the installation and configuration wizard works, I’ll let you in on a secret:
all it is doing is using a command called PSCONFIG at the command line. Behind that nice, appealing
interface, PSCONFIG is hard at work doing the installation.
What does that mean to you? It means you can use that command, too. And because it is a command,
you can script it to automate installations.
You may have noticed that the installation had two parts: the installation of the necessary files, or
binaries as they are called, for SharePoint (using your standard setup.exe), and then the
configuration of SharePoint (which is done with psconfig.exe).
If you plan to install SharePoint with the PSCONFIG command-line tool, then don’t complete the
configuration of SharePoint after the file installation. Clear the Run The SharePoint Products And
Technologies Configuration Wizard box when that screen comes up, and click Close. The files you
need to configure SharePoint and tr uly install it are in place, and now all you have to do is complete
the process.
SharePoint puts its command-line tools in the %Program Files%/Common Files/Microsoft
Shared/web server extensions/14/bin folder on the local ser ver. To use the PSCONFIG command,
open a command prompt (Start Run, type cmd , and click OK), and navigate to that bin folder.
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