Thursday, March 04, 2010

SharePoint 2010 RC installation bug

The Release Candidate of SharePoint 2010 has an issue with the installation. When installing on a domain controller, you will end up with SharePoint 2010 installed in a Stand-Alone setup. This setup is using SQL Express 2008, which is not supported on a domain controller. Now I hear you say "why are you installing on a DC" and you are right, you don't want SharePoint installed on a a production situation. In my case I am testing on a single VM, with all the roles on one server, including the DC role.

Quote MS: "In the Release Candidate build, we recommend you do not to install on a Domain Controller. While the Setup User Interface does the correct thing by suppressing the Standalone option, after the installation is done and the RC is fully installed, it is actually a Standalone install and not a farm install. Although you are not technically blocked, the install will not work since SQL Express 2008 is not supported on a Domain Controller."

Because SQL Express 2008 is not supported on a DC, if the installation detects you are installing on a DC, the selection page where you can choose between a Stand-Alone and Complete installation is removed. Unfortunately the Stand-Alone option is the default selected option, causing you to end up with a Stand-Alone installation anyways and no way to get around this via the GUI :-)

The best way to install SharePoint 2010 RC on a domain controller is by using an scripted installation.

  1. Extract the installation file by executing <filename> /extract:<folder name>
  2. Open a Windows Explorer and create a file called config.xml.
  3. Open the config.xml file and paste in the part below
  4. Change the <PID KEY> into your own product key and the install folder
  5. Save the file
  6. Start a command prompt and browse to the folder
  7. Run "setup /config config.xml"
  8. SharePoint 2010 RC is now being installed as a Complete installation!

Have fun SharePointing!


<Package Id="sts">
<Setting Id="LAUNCHEDFROMSETUPSTS" Value="Yes"/>

<Package Id="spswfe">
<Setting Id="SETUPCALLED" Value="1"/>
<Setting Id="OFFICESERVERPREMIUM" Value="1" />

<Logging Type="verbose" Path="%temp%" Template="SharePoint Server Setup(*).log"/>
<PIDKEY Value="<PID KEY>" />
<Setting Id="USINGUIINSTALLMODE" Value="0"/>
<Setting Id="SETUP_REBOOT" Value="Never" />
<INSTALLLOCATION Value="D:\Program Files\Microsoft SharePoint" />
<Display Level="Basic" CompletionNotice="Yes" AcceptEULA="Yes" />

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