Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Secure Store Service - Installation


Secure Store Service installation is done by installing SharePoint 2010. SharePoint can be installed in Standalone mode and Server Farm mode. Secure Store Service is available in both Standalone and Farm configuration.
In standalone configuration, SharePoint 2010 server is installed on one physical machine. Standalone configuration does not allow adding of new servers and thus has limited scaling. This configuration is best for development, test and demo purposes.

In server farm configuration, SharePoint 2010 server can be installed on multiple machines. Server farm configuration allows choosing separate SharePoint database server, web front ends (WFE) and backend (application servers). This configuration also allows adding web front ends and backend to the existing farm.


The basic software requirement for SharePoint 2010 is
•    64-bit Windows Server 2008 or 64-bit Windows Server 2008 R2.
•    64-bit SQL Server 2008 or 64-bit SQL Server 2005

To get a complete list of hardware and software requirement visit http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262485%28office.14%29.aspx

Prerequisites Installer

SharePoint 2010 installation comes with a prerequisites installer. To execute the prerequisites installer, double click OfficeServer.exe (Beta release can be downloaded from http://sharepoint2010.microsoft.com/)
This would bring the SharePoint Server 2010 installation screen (figure 1). On the installation screen, click “Install software Prerequisites” link.

Figure 1: SharePoint Server 2010 Installation Screen

Clicking on the “Install software prerequisites” link will display the preparation tool. It displays the list of the software the prerequisites tool will install. Click on Next button.

Figure 2: Prerequisites Installer (Preparation tool)

This would bring the license agreement screen (figure 3). Agree to the license terms (by checking the checkbox) and click Next.

Figure 3: License Agreement

This would install all the perquisites for SharePoint 2010. If there is any error in installing the prerequisites, the tool will display a link to the log file (figure 4).

Figure 4: Error reporting in prerequisites installation

Once the prerequisites have been installed, actual installation of the SharePoint server can be started. Click on “Install SharePoint Server” link (figure 1). It will bring the “Product Key” screen. Enter the product key for SharePoint sever and click continue button (figure 5).

Figure 5: Screen to enter product key

Product key for Beta can be obtained from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/ee391660.aspx
Agree to the Microsoft Software License Terms in the next screen by checking the checkbox and click continue button (figure 6).

Figure 6: Agreement to software license and terms

At this time the installer will present you an option to install SharePoint in “Standalone” or “Server Farm” configuration (figure 7).

Figure 7: SharePoint Installation Configuration

Standalone Installation

To install SharePoint 2010 in standalone mode, click the Standalone button. This will start the installation (figure 8) in standalone mode. The installation process can take a while to finish depending on the machine configuration.

Figure 8: SharePoint installation in progress

When the installation is done, it gives an option to run the configuration wizard (figure 9). Configuration Wizard must be run before the SharePoint is useable. Click on Close button to continue the installation.

Figure 9: Configuration wizard

If the checkbox was unchecked and the installation did not continue, the configuration wizard can be started from the Windows Start menu (figure 10). Configuration Wizard can also be used to repair SharePoint installations.

Figure10: Starting configuration wizard

The installation will continue with configuration wizard. The first screen will be a welcome screen, click on Next button to continue.

Figure 11: Welcome screen

SharePoint configuration wizard stops few services in the installation process. It will warn about the services that will be stopped before the installation can continue. Click Yes.

Figure 12: Warning for services being stopped

NOTE: If the configuration wizard was started to repair SharePoint, make sure no one is using the SharePoint; otherwise the site will unavailable till the repair is complete.

When the configuration wizard resumes, it will complete its entire task. Depending on the machine’s configuration, wizard may take several minutes to complete.

Figure 13: Configuration Wizard Continues

At the end of the process, the wizard will display a configuration successful screen.

Figure 14: Successful Configuration

Click on the finish button. The configuration wizard will close and open the explorer to select the template for the site. Chose the template based on the requirement.

Figure 15: Template Selection

When the template has been applied for the site, SharePoint gives an option to set up groups for the newly created site.

Figure 16: Setup Groups

At this time installation and configuration of the site is complete. SharePoint will automatically redirect to the site’s home page.

Figure 17: Site Welcome

In standalone configuration a Secure Store Service is running by default and there will also be a Secure Store application running (default name for the Secure Store is “Secure Store Service”). To check Secure Store Services status, open the SharePoint central administration.

Figure 18: Central Administration

 Click on “Manager services on the server” link to check the services status (this link is within System Settings block). The “services on server” page contains the services status from where a particular service can be started or stopped. Make sure Secure Store Service is in started status (figure 19).

Figure 19: Services on SharePoint

In the standalone install, SharePoint will create a default Secure Store Service application with the name “Secure Store Service”. This application can be viewed from Central Administration page (figure 18), by clicking on “Manage service applications” (Application Management block).

Figure 20: Service Applications on SharePoint

The default Secure Store application will be in Started status.

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