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Installing SharePoint 2010 – Beta (“Hidden” Prerequisites)

Edit : This is for Windows Server 2008 / you will not be able to install SharePoint 2010 on R2 until in a few days(see comments): http://blogs.msdn.com/opal/archive/2009/11/16/installation-notice-for-sharepoint-2010-public-beta.aspx

The installation of SharePoint 2010 on a new server did take me quite some time to complete. Apart from the prerequisites that are automatically downloaded there are a few other things that you need to download to make it work. This is on a fresh machine, as I’m sure that all your production machines are 100% up to date 😉 Start these downloads before you start your SharePoint install, as the requested hotfix downloads are rather slow.

First of all, after the prerequisites have been installed you get another error message talking about another required hotfix. You can find it on Microsoft Connect. Don’t take the x86 version as that one won’t work, SharePoint 2010 requires 64bit.

Hotfix for token authentication without transport security or message encryption

After that, SharePoint should be installing nicely, up until you run the configuration wizard where SharePoint complains about the version of SQL Server 2008. To get that sorted, download the following patches.

If you are unsure of what version of SQL you got, open a query window and add the following query:


SQL Server 2008 Required Patches

Service Pack 1 for SQL Server 2008
Cumulative Update Package 1 for SQL Server 2008 SP1
Request Hotfix Link: http://support.microsoft.com/hotfix/KBHotfix.aspx?kbnum=969099&kbln=en-us
Cumulative Update Package 2 for SQL Server 2008 SP1
Request Hotfix Link: http://support.microsoft.com/hotfix/KBHotfix.aspx?kbnum=970315&kbln=en-us

This should take you through the configuration wizard as well, after which you can checkout your BRAND NEW SHAREPOINT 2010 Admin Site 🙂

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