Installing Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 on Windows Server 2003

Windows SharePoint Services lives to serve -- in fact, it's already included with Windows Server 2003 R2. Here's what you need to know in order to install it on your server and get your new SharePoint site running.

Windows Server 2003 R2 includes Windows SharePoint Services. I've talked about some of the new features included with a free update to this new Windows Server feature — particularly the product upgrade from version 2.0 to version 3.0. In this tip, I'll cover the installation and configuration steps you need in order to get a standalone Windows SharePoint Service 3.0 installation up and running on your Windows Server 2003 system.

  1. Install the Application Server (IIS) role on your Windows Server 2003 system.
  2. Install the Mail server (POP3, SMTP) role on your system.
  3. Download and install the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0. Make sure to download the version (32-bit or 64-bit) that matches your operating system.
  4. Verify that ASP.NET v2.0.50727 is allowed by opening the Internet Services Manager, choosing Web Services Extensions, choosing ASP .NET v2.0.50727, and clicking the Allow button.
  5. Download Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 from Microsoft. Don't install Windows SharePoint Services through Add/Remove Programs, because this is not the latest version of the service. For the x64 version of SharePoint, go here.
  6. Execute the downloaded file named SharePoint.exe.
  7. When asked, choose a Basic installation. The Basic installation also includes a run-time database.

Figure A

Choose an installation type.
  1. Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 will install using the default configuration.
  2. The Windows SharePoint Services configuration wizard will run. This step, among other things, creates a SharePoint configuration database, installs services, and creates sample data.
  3. To utilize your new SharePoint site, open a Web browser and browse to your server's name.

Figure B

The SharePoint Team Site window.

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