Building a Hyper-V Environment for SharePoint Prototype – Part 3

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In my previous post, I covered the installation of SQL Server 2016 SP1 for our Hyper-V environment. After that is completed, we are ready to install SharePoint Server 2016. That’s what I’ll be covering here. Firstly, you need to download a copy of the software. At the time of writing this post, SharePoint Server 2016 is available from Microsoft. That’s the version I’ve downloaded for installation on the VM.

Installing the Prerequisites

To start the installation, double click on the “officeserver.img” file that you downloaded: 300w, 768w, 214w, 150w" sizes="(max-width: 853px) 100vw, 853px" />

That will mount the file as a DVD drive. NOTE: Do not just blindly run setup.exe in that drive, as many of us might be used to doing. That will bypass the splash screen, which allows you to use the “Install software prerequisites” option to install other prerequisites we haven’t installed yet. If you do double-click on setup.exe, you should see a screen like this: 300w, 237w, 150w, 318w" sizes="(max-width: 687px) 100vw, 687px" />

Double click on splash.hta instead. That will bring up the following screen: 300w, 768w, 234w, 150w" sizes="(max-width: 939px) 100vw, 939px" />

Click on the “Install software prerequisites” link to bring up the Welcome screen. Click “Next”: 300w, 198w, 150w" sizes="(max-width: 692px) 100vw, 692px" />

Accept the license agreements and click “Next” again: 300w, 198w, 150w" sizes="(max-width: 690px) 100vw, 690px" />

When prompted, click “Finish” to restart the system: 300w, 198w, 150w" sizes="(max-width: 689px) 100vw, 689px" />

When the system restarts it will attempt to continue but can’t because the file isn’t mounted as a DVD drive: 300w, 768w, 250w, 150w" sizes="(max-width: 806px) 100vw, 806px" />

Leave that window open so you can see the specific command, open File Explorer and double click on “officeserver.img” to mount it as a DVD drive again. Minimize the File Explorer, right click on the Windows icon and click “Run”, enter “cmd” and click OK: 300w, 229w, 150w" sizes="(max-width: 431px) 100vw, 431px" />

Duplicate the command from the previous window and hit “Enter”: 300w, 768w, 199w, 150w" sizes="(max-width: 811px) 100vw, 811px" />

Again, the installation will continue to a point where the VM needs to be restarted. Click “Finish” to restart again: 300w, 187w, 150w" sizes="(max-width: 652px) 100vw, 652px" />

Again, you will need to remount the file as a DVD drive and restart the prerequisiteinstaller.exe file as before: 300w, 768w, 198w, 150w" sizes="(max-width: 831px) 100vw, 831px" />

This time the installation should complete. Click “Finish”: 300w, 188w, 150w" sizes="(max-width: 654px) 100vw, 654px" />

Installing SharePoint Server

Now we’re done installing the prerequisites, and we can get started on installing SharePoint Server itself. Make sure to login as the spAdmin user if you didn’t before, find and double click the splash.hta file, and this time click “Install SharePoint Server”: 300w, 200w, 150w" sizes="(max-width: 639px) 100vw, 639px" />

You will be prompted to enter your product key. If you downloaded the SharePoint software from Microsoft, scroll down and expand the Install Instructions and use either of the two keys provided there. I’m using the Enterprise trial product key, simply because it gives the greatest amount of functionality. Enter the key you chose and click “Continue”: 300w, 163w, 150w" sizes="(max-width: 625px) 100vw, 625px" />

Accept the license terms and click “Continue” again: 300w, 164w, 150w" sizes="(max-width: 628px) 100vw, 628px" />

Change the file locations if you want, or simply click “Install Now”: 300w, 163w, 150w" sizes="(max-width: 626px) 100vw, 626px" />

Running the Configuration Wizard

When the installation completes, you will be prompted to run the configuration wizard. Click “Close”: 300w, 164w, 150w" sizes="(max-width: 627px) 100vw, 627px" />

On the “Welcome to SharePoint Products” screen, click “Next”: 300w, 173w, 150w" sizes="(max-width: 629px) 100vw, 629px" />

On the pop-up screen, choose “Yes” to restart services if required: 300w, 174w, 150w" sizes="(max-width: 632px) 100vw, 632px" />

On the next screen, select the “Create a new server farm” radio button and click “Next”: 300w, 174w, 150w" sizes="(max-width: 634px) 100vw, 634px" />

On the “Specify Configuration Database Settings” page, specify a database server, and a database access account username and password. As this is just a test environment, I used “localhost” for the database server, “ARCHTISDEV\spAdmin” for the username (remember from an earlier post, this is the user we created to own the SharePoint installation), and of course the spAdmin password that I’m not going to tell you! </p />
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