I'd like to share with all of you how to install SharePoint 2010 on your current platform and to remove any dilemma or milestones you might face or heard from others.
First Question : How can i install SharePoint 2010 on my 32 bit machine ?
Now, you can use either VM Ware Workstation (requires License) or Virtual Box (Free).
Till Today, MS Virtual PC doesn't support to build your 64 bit machine on a your host 32 bit machine.
Now, you don't have any problem to build a VM using either of these software.
I used Virtual Box, and this is my first experience with it, easy and you can use your experience with VPC with it.
[Updated 6/12/09]: VMWare Server is also free, you can try it and its performance is better than Virtual Box.
Once you build and start your VM, here is the steps you have to do:
1- Mount your Windows 2008 R2 64 bit to your VM software.
2- After installing Windows, Install all the updates before start installing the SharePoint 2010.
3- I Prefer to install Office 2010 before installing SharePoint 2010 since you are going to use it with SharePoint.
4- Run Your SharePoint installer and click on install your software prerequisities, this step will go with no errors as mentioned on other posts.
5- The installer will prompt you to run SharePoint Products and configuration wizard, At the end, you will get a failure message : "Failed to create sample data".
FYI: SharePoint is working without installing the hotfix, To download the hotfix:
After installing the hotfix, restart the machine and run the SharePoint configuration wizard again to fix un-provisioned services-WCF.
** Some Other Error cases - Differ from one installation to another:
a) If you got this error :"failed to register sharepoint services", open stsadm tool and type this command:
stsadm -o spsearch -action stop
Then re-run the configuration wizard.
b) If you get this error message :"failed to register sharepoint services- search service" - step 5 in the configuration wizard.
Open the command prompt and type : regedit and navigate to the following key and delete it:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Web ServerExtensions\14.0\WSS\Services\Microsoft.SharePoint. Search.Administration.SPSearchService
6- Done, Start exploring your sharepoint 2010 instance.
Hope this helps.
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