Amendments to Windows Server 2008 R2
Because this book is about a SharePoint product, I won't spend time on actually installing Windows Server 2008 R2. I assume that you can do that and, if you use a VM system, you know how to create a virtual machine and install an operating system in it.
Here are a few notes on what you should do after you install Windows Server 2008 R2. After installation, you see a screen similar to Figure 2.1.
Figure 2.1 Initial configuration tasks
The screen in Figure 2.1 is the result of making the following amendments to the operating system as installed:
- Activating the operating system (line one)
- Giving the computer a short name (here, "SPF1") and making it part of a workgroup
- Specifying that updates are downloaded but not automatically installed
At the moment, the Internet Enhanced Security Configuration is enabled (see Figure 2.2). This is a nuisance for a test installation, so you need to turn it off. Do so by going to Administrator Tools > Server Manager. The Server Manager function starts (see Figure 2.3).
Figure 2.2 Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration dialog
Figure 2.3 Security Manager dialog
Select Configure IE ESC, which appears in the Security Information section on the right side, and turn it off for administrators and users.
Make sure to note the password for Administrator. Now, it's time to install SharePoint Foundation 2010.