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machine and start services. This is usually an account that is part of the Administrator’s
group on the local server. Because this chapter covers the Standalone option, I won’t go into
creating additional, specific accounts right now, but I will describe it in detail in Chapter 3,
“Complete Installation.”
Initiating the SharePoint Foundation 2010 Installer
After you have made sure your server meets the hardware prerequisites listed in Chapter 1 and
that you are prepared for the software prerequisites, services, features, and roles that will be
installed on the server, then it’s time to prepare for SharePoint.
Make sure you are logged in to the server you are going to install SharePoint Foundation on
with an administrative account for the server, and double-click the SharePointFoundation.exe
installation file (Figure 2.1).
The SharePoint
installation file
You may get a warning (depending on your security settings), checking to see whether
you really want to open the file. And if you do, click Run to proceed. (If you right-click
SharePointFoundation.exe and choose Run As Administrator, you will not get the
warning dialog box.)
The installer will then extract some files, busy itself for a bit, and then briefly display the
splash screen for SharePoint Foundation 2010. Finally, you’ll see the installation screen.
On the installation screen (Figure 2.2), you can see that there are quite a few options to
prepare you for installation before you begin, very much like the SQL Server installation
process. You have the opportunity to review the requirements for installing hardware, installing
software, or upgrading SharePoint (under the Prepare heading), and there are links to visit
Microsoft pages (under the Other Information heading). The options you are most interested in
for this chapter’s sample Standalone installation are Install Software Prerequisites and Install
SharePoint Foundation.
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