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3. Next up is the EULA page; feel free to read the license agreement. Click the check box
to accept the terms of the agreement. The Continue button will remain grayed until you
accept. Click it to continue with the installation.
This will bring you to the part of the installation where your choice of installation
type defines your SharePoint infrastructure. These innocuous buttons, as shown in
Figure 2.25, are pretty important.
Choosing between
Standalone and
Server Farm
This Choose The Installation You Want page has two buttons on it, and little else. Once you
click one button or the other, you can cancel the install, but there will be no back button.
You may be tempted to look for some help before proceeding. Clicking the help icon is the only way
to get help during the installation process.
The help available during installation is often more useful than you might’ve come to expect from
SharePoint (with only a few technical errors). When in doubt, it doesn’t hurt to ask for help.
The Standalone button is the one you click if you want to have the simplest, fully automatic,
single-server installation, complete with the installation of SQL Server 2008 Express edition
on the server to manage databases. This type of installation is intended for
implementations that will have only one server in the server farm, this server. No other server can share
the configuration database to spread the load of users accessing the SharePoint web pages.
When considering a Standalone installation, keep in mind the SQL Server 2008 Express
CPU and RAM limitations. Express can support only one CPU, has a 1 GB memory limit for
its buffer pool, and, of course, has that infamous 4 GB database size limit.
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