Installation Notice for SharePoint 2010 Public Beta

Installation Notice for SharePoint 2010 Public Beta

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[3/9/2010 - WCF fix need to be installed after .Net Framework 3.5.1 is enabled (since it's a WCF fix, which is part of .Net Framework. Otherwise it cannot apply to the system. This fix will be automatically downloaded and installed by pre-requisite installer in RC/RTM build)

[12/7 - +Office Web Apps on Win7] 

[11/23 - added a short notice on win7+Office Web Application - this will not install and no workaround so far

[11/21 - added setup keys in case people can't find them]

[11/19 - updated user profile sync instructions - update WCF Fix for R2 and Win7 - update script for PowerPoint View/Edit] 

Since SharePoint 2010 has been made available for MSDN/TechNet subscriber public now, here’re some steps you would like to follow to get a successful installation. But keep in mind: This beta is not supported and you CANNOT upgrade the installation to RTM when it’s released. This Beta should only be used for evaluation purpose.

The public download of SharePoint Server 2010 Beta (Enterprise) is here:

The key you can use is:


BV7VC-RMR6B-26P6Y-BTQDG-DX2KQ This key should be avoided - it is a wrong key.

Any one in the two would work. 

Please note there's no technical difference between SharePoint Server 2010 + Enterprise CAL and SharePoint Server for Internet Sites Enterprise. It is only about licensing.

  1. Read hardware and software requirement article on TechNet.
  2. Prepare a Windows Server 2008 x64 machine with 8GB memory. Windows Server 2008 R2 requires a hotfix which is not yet released to have the service applications running so I don’t recommend to use that now which is released finally so now you can use it. Web Server Editions are not supported. Windows Server Fundation edition is not supported either. You can also install SharePoint 2010 on Windows 7 and Vista, however additional steps would be required as pre-requisite installer does not work currently on client OS.Windows 7 N and KN would not work due to an installer bug. Please also note Office Web Application cannot needs to follow the same edit of config.xml to be installed on client OS.

    If you give the machine very little memory, something like 2GB, and even have SQL Server running on the same machine, you would likely to get some timeout errors with service applications, for example, search and user profile.
  3. Get your AD ready. Create a new account for services, for example contoso\sp_admin.
    1.       Open Active Directory Users and Computers
    2.       Right click domain and select “Delegate Control”
    3.       Click Next
    4.       Click Add
    5.       Enter object name (i.e. contoso\sp_admin)
    6.       Click Ok
    7.       Click Next
    8.       Select “Create a custom task to delegate”
    9.       Click Next
    10.     Check "Replicating directory changes”
    11.     Click Next
    12.     Click Finish 
  4. Prepare SQL Server 2005/2008 envoriment. If it is on a different box, don't forget Windows Firewall settings. For SQL Server on Windows 2008/R2, you can use the script in KB968872 to open all necessary ports.
    1. SQL Server 2005 SP3 and CU3
    2. SQL Server 2008 SP1 and CU2
  5. Run Pre-Requisition Installer to download and install required components. You can also download them seperately. I listed all download links in SharePoint 2010 Pre-Requisites Download Links. The links are also available in requirement article, or by clicking “Learn more about…” in the installer.
  6. Install WCF FIX: A hotfix that provides a method to support the token authentication without transport security or message encryption in WCF is available for the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2) . Please note the 2008 fix also applies to Vista, while the 2008 R2 fix also applies to Windows 7.
    If you don't have this fix installed, you will get "Unrecognized attribute 'allowInsecureTransport'" error in ULS log. And most of the service applications will not run properly.
  7. Setup the farm using complete farm installation. Standalone installation is not recommended, and should be only used when you want to install SharePoint 2010 on Windows 7/Vista for dev purpose.
  8. Go with configuration wizard to setup all service applications. Use the user you created in step 3 as SharePoint Managed Account for services and web applications.
  9. Read Config Profile Synchronization to setup profile sync. Dave Pae is going to post complete steps for Profile Sync on SharePoint Team Blog. Follow the instruction on SharePoint Team Blog. You can also check my steps on how to setup user profile sync.
  10. If you are using SharePoint on DC, the following Windows PowerShell command would need to be run to enable Sandboxed Solutions.
    $acl = Get-Acl HKLM:\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\ComputerName
    $person = [System.Security.Principal.NTAccount]"Users"
    $access = [System.Security.AccessControl.RegistryRights]::FullControl
    $inheritance = [System.Security.AccessControl.InheritanceFlags]"ContainerInherit, ObjectInherit"
    $propagation = [System.Security.AccessControl.PropagationFlags]::None
    $type = [System.Security.AccessControl.AccessControlType]::Allow
    $rule = New-Object System.Security.AccessControl.RegistryAccessRule($person, $access, $inheritance, $propagation, $type)
    Set-Acl HKLM:\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\ComputerName $acl

  11. If you are trying to use Office Web Apps on DC(Office Web Application need to be installed seperately, like a language pack or an update. Please also note that Office Web Application cannot be installed on needs to follow the same edit of config.xml to install on Windows 7), then the following commands need to be run to make the services work. Please note that in different languages, Service Application names could be localized. You can find them out by Get-SPServiceApplications, and then change the names in the script as necessary.

    Please do note that Office Web Apps is not supported on a DC. So this configuration should never be used in production.

    $e = Get-SPServiceApplication | where {$_.TypeName.Equals("Word Viewing Service Application")}
    $e.WordServerIsSandboxed = $false

    $p = Get-SPServiceApplication | where {$_.TypeName.Equals("PowerPoint Service Application")}
    $p.EnableSandboxedViewing = $false
    $p.EnableSandboxedEditing = $false
    #(Please use the below script for PowerPointServiceApplication - You need to enter "Y" for the answer of each cmd)
    Get-SPPowerPointServiceApplication | Set-SPPowerPointServiceApplication -EnableSandboxedViewing $false
    Get-SPPowerPointServiceApplication | Set-SPPowerPointServiceApplication -EnableSandboxedEditing $false

    In the server's c:\windows\system32\inetsrv\config\applicationHost.config
    Add the line below in the end of the dynamicTypes.
    <add mimeType="application/zip" enabled="false" />


  12. Enable Developer Dashboard and turn to OnDemand for troubleshooting page performance issues. It can be done by STSADM or SharePoint 2010 Management Shell (Windows PowerShell).

    1. STSADM: stsadm -o setproperty -pn developer-dashboard -pv OnDemand

    2. Windows PowerShell:





Happy SharePointing!

Jie Li

Technical Product Manager, SharePoint

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  • Hi!

    I dont have a AD on my system hence trying to install via command line but get following error. Any pointers.

    DatabaseServer: appsvr1


    Passphrase: *********

    New-SPConfigurationDatabase : The user does not exist or is not unique.

    At line:1 char:28

    + new-spconfigurationdatabase <<<<

       + CategoryInfo          : InvalidData: (Microsoft.Share...urationDatabase:

      SPCmdletNewSPConfigurationDatabase) [New-SPConfigurationDatabase], SPCmdle


       + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell.SPCmdletNewSPCon


    New-SPConfigurationDatabase : The user does not exist or is not unique.

    At line:1 char:28

    + new-spconfigurationdatabase <<<<

       + CategoryInfo          : InvalidData: (Microsoft.Share...urationDatabase:

      SPCmdletNewSPConfigurationDatabase) [New-SPConfigurationDatabase], COMExce


       + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell.SPCmdletNewSPCon


    PS C:\Users\Administrator>

    Ravi Gokulgandhi

  • @ravigokulgandhi

    the user has to have permissions on SQL Server to create config db.

  • I'm installing SharePoint 2010 on a Windows Vista x64 SP1 and is getting the 'allowInsecureTransport' on the create sample data pass of the configuration wizard. Unfortunately the fix won't install and I'm getting the 'The update does not apply to your system'. Maybe there's missing an fix for Vista x64?

    However I managed to complete the wizard by removing the two allowInsecureTransport="true" sentences (remember not to remove the closing tag :)) from the client.config found at "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\WebClients\Profile" thanks to a tip from Note that you don't have to uninstall SharePoint, only remove the two lines.

    Jesper Simonsen

  • @Jesper

    It is not recommended to remove it from config. It might cause issues with other service applications later. Anyway, just an advice.

  • First of all. Thanks very much for your useful post. I just came across your blog and wanted to drop you a note telling you how impressed I was with the information you have posted here. Please let me introduce you some info related to this post and I hope that it is useful for community.

  • @MichalBojko @Jie Li

    "KB976462 for 2008 R2 WCF fix must be installed after Pre-Requisition Installer. Otherwise you will get "update is not applicable to your computer"."

    I am getting same message. It is W7 box with 4 GB RAM. Is it a memory issue or something else?

  • I've captured screen shots of the steps to install #SP2010 on Windows Server 2008. Remember this is a wiki so if there are steps missing or more detailed required...please feel free to add it

  • I want to use 2010 beta to trial a public facing website - i.e. the trial will be in production on the internet. Is this allowed prior to May 12th?

  • Jie,

    Very good article

    This is a different question altogether

    hope you can help me out.. on the right drop down menu .. "My profile" link is missing.. how to get it back

    How to add for example "My Test" in the top ribbon next to "My Link" ?

    also the top bar in the site settings is missing ? how do it get it back ?


  • i have installed sharepoint 2010 RTM,web apps beta 2010 and windows server 2008 r2.

    i am able to create the wb application,site collectiona and upload the documents to document library.

    Now while i am going to view the PPTX from sharepoint document library, office web apps opened but not it propmpts the authentication window, i am using NTLM windows integrated authenticattion. And if i submit the valid credential then also it is not showing the PPTX.

    my power point viewing service is started and it is running in account has rights on sharepoint content database.

    we have installed the wcf fix as well. and followed al steps listed in article.

    Is there securetokenserice called internally by powerpoint viewer service???

    Please help.

  • hi every body i could able to manage to install sharepoint 2010 stand alone with 2 GB of Ram and 2.3 Ghz the system is working properly but the speed for processing is slightly low but its working well any queries on installation pls mail

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