This chapter is from the book
- Review Chapter 2 before installing SharePoint 2010 into a production environment.
- Create multiple service accounts for use by SharePoint. Do not use a single service account, and do not use any domain admin accounts for SharePoint.
- Do not use any of the standalone installation options for a production environment.
- Use the latest version of Windows Server and SQL Server whenever possible. At the time of publishing, this included Windows Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2008 R2.
- Seriously consider deploying SQL Server on a separate server from SharePoint. Review the supported farm topologies from Chapter 2.
- Patch the operating system with all critical updates before installing SharePoint.
- Patch SharePoint 2010 with all the latest service packs and cumulative update patches before running the configuration wizard.
- Enable only those service applications that supply required functionality for the farm.
- Review Chapter 4 for more complex installation scenarios, including scenarios involving provisioning using PowerShell.