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SharePoint Server 2010 “Secret” Configuration Steps

Microsoft has drastically improved the installation and configuration experience for SharePoint Server 2010 when compared to MOSS 2007.  However, no matter how smooth the process, there’s always a few nasty little issues that many people come across without an obvious or easy-to-find solution.

David Dean at insource.com posted an excellent list of the most common remaining post-install issues for SharePoint 2010 with detailed descriptions of symptoms and some solutions.

Check it out at: http://blog.insource.com/applicationdevelopment/sharepoint-server-2010-%E2%80%93-%E2%80%9Csecret%E2%80%9D-configuration-steps.html

4 Comments. Leave new

I would have to disagree that the configuration experience has been improved. When you consider all of the various services that need to be configured in a “real-world” implementation, there is a lot more involved in getting up and running. Each service configuration comes with its own set of tricks and gotchas, some of which David Dean touched upon, others that I have come across that he is missing (perhaps I’ll blog about these). The Configuration Wizard does help, but I like to do things manually to see what is really involved and what is really going on behind the scenes.

I don’t know.. I think that Central Administration has been greatly improved, and for me at least, getting the real-world services up and running has been great.

Except for search. Search is my pain point right now.

Craig Condon
April 21, 2011 4:03 pm

Actually, some of my issues came when playing around with the beta, so some of that has been corrected. Still, I’ve had issues configuring the User Profiles service, particularly when setting metadata to export to Active Directory. There are also some additional “gotchas” when configuring Trace Logging that aren’t documented. Also, I’ve never been able to completely configure (or grasp) setting up PowerPivot to use the Secure Store Service. Even still, it is not necessarily a straightforward process to get configured.

Mark Frawley
June 10, 2011 9:09 pm

Thank you Michael for sharing this information. As a BI person I may well face this, and hope I remember these hints then.

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