Installing Windows SharePoint Services

Installation of Windows SharePoint Services is done by means of a simple wizard. In most cases, you can follow the defaults, walk away from the server, and the installation will be complete. Instead of going over the installation instructions step by step for Windows SharePoint Services, this chapter looks at the installation from a high-level overview. The topics covered include:

  • Deployment options

  • Installation process

  • Configuring Windows SharePoint Services

Deployment Options

You can install Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 in several different configurations based on the number of servers you wish to use. Each option has different strengths and physical requirements. The option you choose depends on your business requirements and the size of your organization.

Single server

You can deploy an entire SharePoint Services instance to a single server. All SharePoint sites are hosted on this server, as is the database. This option is the quickest and easiest deployment method, but it is also the most limited in terms of scalability and performance.

Although the single-server installation is quick and can simultaneously support many SharePoint sites, it is not recommended for large installations or enterprise organizations. Because both the application server and database server reside within one machine, the server's performance can quickly degrade as more sites are added and more users access the existing sites.

Single-server deployment is recommended ...

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