Sunday, January 3, 2010

Secure Store Service - Installation (Farm mode)

This blog shows how Secure Store Service can be installed in farm mode. Please refer to blog for information on how to install Secure Store Service in standalone mode.

Figure 1, figure 7, figure 9 and figure 12 mentioned in this blog are the figures from "Secure Store Service -  Installation" blog.

Server Farm Installation
To install SharePoint in server farm mode, first prerequisites installer needs to be run. After the prerequisite installer has installed all the prerequisites components, start the SharePoint installation (figure 1). Enter the product key in the next screen and then agree to license terms. On the next screen, click the “Server Farm” button (figure 7). This will start SharePoint installation in server farm mode. Setup will present a screen to do a “Complete” install or standalone install. Select “Complete - Install all components” checkbox (figure 21).

Figure 21 : Selection Server Type

Click “Install Now” button. Setup will show installation progress and after the installation is complete, setup will give an option to run the configuration wizard (figure 9). Choose to run the configuration wizard.

When the configuration wizard continues, it will warn about services being stopped (figure 12).

In the server farm mode, the wizard gives an option to create a new server farm or join an existing server farm (figure 22).

Figure 22: Connect to existing or new farm

Choose to create a new server farm by selecting “Create a new server farm” checkbox. Click 'Next' button to continue. Installing SharePoint in farm mode requires a database server where SharePoint stores its configuration and content. In standalone mode, SharePoint installs the database automatically.

Figure 23: Database Settings

In the database settings screen (figure 23), enter the database server, name and the credentials for the domain user which has database creation rights. Click 'Next'. This will bring up the farm passphrase screen (figure 24). To create or join a farm, SharePoint administrator needs a passphrase. Choose a passphrase and store the passphrase in a safe location, as SharePoint does not store the passphrase.

Figure 24: SharePoint Passphrase

Passphrase must meet complexity requirement. If the complexity requirement is not met, wizard will display an error (figure 25) and will let to enter a new passphrase.

Figure 25: Passphrase Complexity Requirement

Once the passphrase has been entered, installation configuration will allow choosing a port on which central administration will be hosted as well as will allow configuring security settings (figure 26).

Figure 26: Central Admin Port and Security Settings

Click 'Next' to continue. Configuration wizard will display the summary of the settings and let you to change any setting if required.

Figure 27: Configuration Summary

At this time, clicking ‘Next’ will start installation in farm mode. After SharePoint has been installed, the wizard will again display the summary. Click 'Finish' in the installation summary.

When SharePoint is installed in farm mode, the wizard will not automatically configure SharePoint, instead it will launch the browser to configure SharePoint (figure 28).

Figure 28: Initial Farm Configuration Wizard

Select “Walk me through the settings using this wizard.” checkbox and click ‘Next’ (figure 28). In the next screen, SharePoint will need an account on which the shared services will run (figure 29). Choose an account which is different than the farm admin account. In the same screen (figure 30), SharePoint will give an option to select the services that will run on the server. Make sure “Secure Store Service” is selected (figure 31).

Figure 29: Service Account

Figure 30: Services

After making sure Secure Store Service is checked, click ‘Next’. The configuration wizard will install and start the services that were selected.

Configuration wizard will also ask to create a site collection. At this time Secure Store Service is already installed on the server. You may choose to create a site collection.

Figure 31: Secure Store Service

In the above figure, Secure Store Service has been installed and started by the configuration wizard.

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