Configuring SharePoint 2007

This page covers the steps required to establish a basic SharePoint 2007 farm configuration.

SharePoint 2007 Configuration Wizard

  • Start the “SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard”.
  • Select “No, I want to create a new server farm“.
  • Enter the name of your Database Server (i.e the name of your machine).
  • Enter the name of your SharePoint Database Access Account (i.e. domain\MossFarm), click Next.
  • Specify the port number for Central Administration and the authentication provider.  I suggest picking a number you can easily remember (i.e. 801) on your development machine. I like to use 801 because it lists my web applications in Central Administration in an order that lists my port 80 web application first.
  • Click Next.
  • Review your configuration and if everything looks correct, click Next.
  • When the configuration wizard has finished, the SharePoint Central Administration site is now ready for use.

Create the Main (Port 80) Web Application

The only reason I prefer to create my main (port 80) web application first is so that it will be the default web application when working in Central Administration.  This can be done now or later.

  • In Application Management, go to the “Create or extend Web application” page.
  • Click “Create new Web application”.
  • Enter port 80.
  • Enter the account for the (domain\MossWeb).
  • You can create your default site collection for this web application now or later.

Start SharePoint Services

  • Open “SharePoint 3.0 Central Administration”.
  • On the Home tab click your server name.
  • Start the “Windows SharePoint Search Service” service.
    • Enter the service account (domain\WssSearchService).
    • Enter the content access account (domain\WssContentAccess).
    • Click Start.
  • Start the “Office SharePoint Server Search” service.
    • Enter the service account (domain\MossSearchService). Check both:
      • Use this server for indexing content
      • Use this server for serving search queries
    • Enter an email account.
    • Optionally, select Reduced for the Indexer Performance, since this is a development machine.
    • Click Start.
  • Optional: Start the “Excel Calculation Services“.  I suggest not starting this unless you need it.

Shared Services Provider

  • Creating the My Siteweb application:
    • In Application Management, click the “Create or extend Web application” link.
    • Click “Create new web application”.
    • Enter the port number for your My Site web application (i.e 802).
    • Optional: Append “MySite” to the description (i.e. “SharePoint – 802 – My Site”).
    • Optional: Append “MySite” to the Application Pool Name (i.e. “SharePoint – 802 – MySite”).
    • In the Application Pool section, enter the My Site service account (domain\MossSspMySite).
    • Change the Database Name to “WSS_Content_MySite”.
    • Review your entries and then click OK to create the web application.
    • Do NOT create the site collection.
    • This My Site web application will be used when creating Shared Service Provider (SSP).
  • Creating the SSP Adminweb application:
    • In Application Management, click the “Create or extend Web application” link.
    • Click “Create new web application”.
    • Enter the port number for your SSP web application (i.e. 803).
    • Optional: Append “SSP” to the description (i.e. “SharePoint – 803 – SSPAdmin”).
    • Optional: Append “SSP” to the Application Pool Name (i.e. “SharePoint – 803 – SSPAdmin”).
    • In the Application Pool section, enter the SSP service account (domain\MossSspAdmin).
    • Change the Database Name to “WSS_Content_SSPAdmin”.
    • Review your entries and then click OK to create the web application.
    • Do NOT create the site collection.
    • This SSP web application will be used when creating Shared Service Provider (SSP).
  • Creating the Shared Service Provider(SSP):
    • Click on the “Shared Services Administration” link in the left side navigation to create a new Share Services Provider (SSP).
    • Click New SSP.
    • Select the SSP web application for the SSP Name section.
    • Select the MySite web application for My Site Location section.
    • Enter the SSP Service account (domain\MossSspService).
    • Optional: Adjust the databases using your naming convention.
    • Click OK to complete the Share Service Provider configuration.

Profile Import

  • Click on SharedServices1.
  • Click User Profiles and Properties.
  • Click Configure profile import.
  • Select the Specify Account in the Default Access Account section.
  • Enter the user profile import account name (domain\MossProfile).
  • Enter the account password, and click OK.
  • Click Start Full Import.
  • Click the Refresh link until the number of user profiles changes to something other than zero.

Manual Web.Config Entries for Debugging

<configuration>
  <SharePoint>
    <SafeMode CallStack="true" />
  </SharePoint>
  <system.web>
    <customErrors mode="Off" />
    <compilation debug="true" />
  </system.web>
</configuration>

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