Installing and Configuring Windows Share Point Services

You need to install Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) if you intend to use the document, issue, and risk management features of Project Server. As described in the section "Considering software/hardware scenarios," earlier in this chapter, you don't need to install WSS on the same computer as you install Project Server.

Security and Windows SharePoint Services — read before installing WSS

Windows Server 2003 enables a feature called Internet Explorer Security Configuration. You need to modify some of the settings of this feature before you can install and configure Windows SharePoint Services. These settings also affect your ability to connect to Project Server from Internet Explorer. Follow these steps to uninstall Internet Explorer Security Configuration:

1. Open the Control Panel, and double-click Add or Remove Programs.

2. Click Add/Remove Windows Components.

3. Click Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration, and then click the Details button.

4. Deselect the For administrator groups check box, and click OK.

5. Click Next.

6. Click Finish.

7. Close the Add or Remove Programs window.

The enhanced security configuration settings affect only those Internet Explorer connections that are made at the server; they do not affect users who connect to the server. When you view a Web page such as the SharePoint Central Administration page, you may see a message indicating that Internet Explorer's Enhanced Security Configuration is currently enabled on your server. You can click OK, and you can choose not to display the message in the future.

If you're not comfortable with the reduced security of this process, you can, alternatively, add the SharePoint sites to the list of Local intranet sites. While more time-consuming, this alternative is more secure.

Install WSS the same way that you install any software package — double-click the executable file or follow the on-screen prompts. On the Type of Installation page, select the Server Farm option button and click Next. When the installation finishes, you see the Windows SharePoint Services Configure Administrative Virtual Server page, which asks you for information about the Application Pool (see Figure 18-13), and you can begin configuring WSS. Follow these steps to begin the configuration:

Figure 18-13: Use an existing application pool.

1. In the Configure Administrative Virtual Server dialog box, select the Use an existing application pool option button (in the text box, you see StsAdminAppPool). Scroll to the bottom of the page, and click OK. The Application Pool Changed page appears (see Figure 18-14), where you are instructed to restart IIS.

Figure 18-14: Leave this page open while you restart IIS.

2. Without closing the Application Pool Changed page, choose StartORun, and in the Run box, type iisreset and click OK. After restarting IIS, click the OK button on the Application Pool Changed page. The Set Configuration Database Server page appears (see Figure 18-15).

Figure 18-15: Use this page to create or connect to a SharePoint configuration database.

3. Enter the database server name and an SQL Server database name (any name that does not already exist). In the Database connection type section, select the Use SQL authentication option button and enter the database account user name and password. Scroll down, and click the OK button. The Windows SharePoint Services Central Administration page appears (see Figure 18-16).

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