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SOMETIMES THE EASIER PATH IS NOT THE WRONG PATH
Because the prerequisite installation process works so well (and saves so much time and effort),
I am simply going to use it and not run you through the step-by-step process of downloading and
installing all the moving pieces manually. Using the prerequisite installer also ensures that all the
Web Server role settings are exactly as SharePoint needs them, because its own installation tool
will configure them.
The caveat for the easy path is that Internet access is required for the prerequisite installer to grab
the bits to install (unfortunately, they’re not all simply available with the installer). If the server
you are going to be installing SharePoint on is not connected to the Internet, you will need to have
all the prerequisites on hand to install manually.
Along with installing SharePoint, you must always remember that SharePoint depends
on SQL databases of some sort on the back end. If you are doing the Standalone
installation detailed in this chapter, SharePoint will be installing SQL Server 2008 Express.
Otherwise, you will need to have a 64-bit version of SQL Server (2005 SP3 or higher)
somewhere on the network.
ABOUT THAT STANDALONE INSTALLATION...
If you’re considering the Standalone installation type and therefore will be using the built-in SQL
Server 2008 Express database engine, you might want to consider enabling Remote BLOB Storage
(RBS) to help it handle large files. T here are a few steps to it, and you need to dow nload the
management tools, but it is doable. Check out Chapter 15, “Migrating from WSS 3.0 to Windows SharePoint
Foundation 2010,” or go online to TechNet and look up the “How to: Enable Filestream” article and
then use the article “Install and Configure Remote BLOB storage (SharePoint Foundation 2010)”
for more information.
Using Remote BLOB Storage is particularly important if you are upgrading from Windows SharePoint
Services 3.0 to SharePoint Foundation, because WSS 3.0 used a built-in database (WID) that did not
have a 4 GB limit for each database. Thus, it is critical that Remote BLOB Storage be enabled if your
WSS 3.0 databases are over 4 GB, because SharePoint is going to need help handling databases that
are technically too big to migrate. For more, see Chapter 15.
In addition, consider upgrading the SQL Express 2008 that SharePoint installs to SQL Express 2008
R2, which increases the database size limit from 4 GB to 10 GB. That is also covered in Chapter 15.
Something else to consider before starting the installation is the account you are going
to install it with, commonly called the setup account or installation account. This chapter
and the next demonstrate the two different installations, Standalone and Complete. For
the Standalone installation, all the services will be running on the same server, so all you
need in order to do the installation is an account that is allowed to install software on the