How-To Guide: Install SharePoint Foundation 2010 on Windows Home Server 2011

It’s finally here! I’m releasing the first draft of my Sharepoint on Windows Home Server 2011 guide. Compared to all the steps that had to be taken on Windows Home Server v1, the install experience is vastly improved and with SharePoint 2010, the feature set enhanced. I look forward to your thoughts, comments, and other ideas. I’m not a SharePoint expert, so I can’t tell you how to do some crazy thing with whatever web part, but please post your questions in the comments and hopefully an expert will see it and be able to help.

If you have feedback, either leave it in the comments or send me an e-mail (tom at tomontech dot com). NOTE: I can not provide individualized installation support, I simply don’t have the time.

WARNING: By viewing and / or downloading this guide, you assume all responsibility and liability in case anything goes wrong. You agree that I can not and will not be held responsible for any data loss or other issues resulting from the installation of SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SQL Server 2008 R2.

To view the document, click here. To download a PDF of the document, click here.

22 thoughts on “How-To Guide: Install SharePoint Foundation 2010 on Windows Home Server 2011”

  1. Hi Tom,
    Could you make this document available as direct PDF download? Currently there is no way to get it without signing up for Facebook or Scribd.
    Thanks!

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  2. Hi Tom,
    Could you make this document available as direct PDF download? Currently there is no way to get it without signing up for Facebook or Scribd.
    Thanks!

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  3. Hi Tom

    Followed your guide and installed SharePoint Foundation on WHS 2011 RTM, however I have run into a few errors, when running the cmd New-SPConfigurationDatabase I get an error Cannot connect to database master at (server name) any thoughts?

    Thanks

    Justin

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    1. Hi Justin,

      I’m not exactly sure what the cause of the error is. Sounds potentially like it’s an authentication issue. Double check that the user account you are using to create the database with has the appropriate permissions.

      Here’s a blog post from Microsoft about the error that may help as well.

      http://blogs.technet.com/b/tothesharepoint/archive/2011/01/12/troubleshooting-sharepoint-configuration-error-cannot-connect-to-database-master-at-server-name.aspx

      -Tom

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  4. Hi Justin,

    I’m not exactly sure what the cause of the error is. Sounds potentially like it’s an authentication issue. Double check that the user account you are using to create the database with has the appropriate permissions.

    Here’s a blog post from Microsoft about the error that may help as well.

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/tothesharepoint/archive/2011/01/12/troubleshooting-sharepoint-configuration-error-cannot-connect-to-database-master-at-server-name.aspx

    -Tom

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  5. “At least 2GB of RAM, 4GB Ram recommended”
    Are you sure about this, have you done much testing to confirm this. I have recently installed Homeserver 2011 on a Dual Core Intel 2200 w/2GB ram. My hardware can only support 2GB. I would love install Sharepoint, would only have 1-2 users at a time ever accessing the server but I wonder given Microsofts requirements for windows foundation server are. “Minimum: Processor 64 bit – 4 cores and 4GB for developer or evaluation use and 8GB for use in a single server or multi-server farm”

    What has been your experience to date? Have you actually ran on a 2GB box?

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  6. I’ve managed to get this installed and working however I cannot access the Sharepoint from my wireless network, only ethernet (from the server) so far. Haven’t tried other ethernet computers. Server has both wired (ethernet) and wireless cards.

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  7. Thanks for this post. I was able to get SharePoint installed on WHS2011. The problem that I’m having how is that I can access SharePoint Central Administration site (Port 15510) from PCs on my network, but I can’t access the site that I created (Port 987). I tried opening the port on my router. I’m not sure if I need to set up permissions anywhere else to make the site accessible on my LAN. I’m not sure if it’s SharePoint permissions, local box permissions/firewall, reserved port, etc.

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    1. Hi Brian,

      I thought you might like to know, if you have another domain name besides your homeserver.com one it is possible to run both sites on port 80 using host-headers. You can get a free one at http://www.dyn.com if you don’t have one already.

      After following the initial guide and setting it up on port 987 I ended up deleting my default site collection and web app, then recreating it on 80 and binding it to the other domain name.
      If you have content on there I think you could just extend the web application, but since I didn’t have any content yet I didn’t bother to test it.

      Check out this post for more details on how to do it.
      http://thuansoldier.net/?p=1323

      This came in handy as where I work only allows outbound traffic on 80 and 443. The WHS web page continues to work normally.

      -Dan

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  8. Very interesting find!  Planning to use SP Foundation as springboard
    to offering SPF/SPS  to charity orgs etc.
    Noticed your systems spec versus MS for SPF. They suggest quad core. My WHS2011
    is on Pent(R)Dual E6700 3.2Ghz, 4GbRAM.

    Do you think I should be OK if no other hungry
    apps running?

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  9. Colleagues,

    All went well
    until I finished the SharePoint installation and I was supposed to get to the
    SharePoint Central Admin page, however, I get this error message: “HTTP
    Error 503. The service is unavailable”.

    What do I
    need to do to see the page?

    Regards.

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