Installation of SharePoint 2007 on Windows Server 2008 R2

Meanwhile, there is a good guide about the installation of SharePoint Server 2007 on Windows Server 2008 R2 at the SharePoint team blog. Unfortunately, a few interesting details are “embezzled”, but which may still be important for the unexperienced administrator. Therefore we would like to add a few things:

In the SharePoint Team blog article is mentioned that you should install the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 with SP2. These services and the SharePoint Server 2007 are running on Windows Server 2008 R2 until SP2. Unfortunately, at MSDN you only get an image including the Service Pack 1. It is therefore necessary to “inject” the updates into the image before starting the installation. For this you can use the Technet article “Create an installation source that includes software updates (Office SharePoint Server 2007)” or follow on the instructions in the original article.

We also think it is interesting to mention that the Windows Server 2008 R2 is available as a 64-bit version only. The consequence is that you should also apply to the 64-bit versions of the software and thus the SharePoint Server 2007 and the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 with SP2. On the image of the SharePoint Server 2007, which can be issued by MSDN, you can find a directory including the 64-bit variant. For the next steps of the installation instructions, according to the original or the TechNet article, we use this “updates” directory as the target.

The installation, which you start with the “setup.exe” of the prepared 64-bit directory, should run by then. At the end of this we should stop running the “Configuration Wizard for SharePoint Products”. The reason is that the included Microsoft SQL Server also needs his current service packs. Otherwise, the “Configuration Wizard for SharePoint Products” will create error messages when creating the sample data.

We also have to note here that the included Microsoft SQL Server seems to be the 32-bit version, but you have to install the 32-bit and 64-bit version of the updates. Strangely you can install only a portion of each update. For the remainder you get the error message that you should install the stuff of the other version.

After this whole procedure you can finally start the “Configuration Wizard for SharePoint Products” and finish the whole installation. Luckily in our case, there were no more error messages by the configuration wizard creating the sample data.

If you still have additional information, we would welcome your feedback and / or comments.

Notes:

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