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Adding an extra server to an existing SharePoint farm – Windows Server 2008 RTM edition

Posted by Christian Dam on February 16, 2008

A few weeks ago, I described how to add a new server to an existing MOSS farm based on Windows Server 2003 R2. Since then Windows Server 2008 has been released and it is time to repeat the guide with instructions for Windows Server 2008 RTM

Step 1: Install and prepare the server

  1. Install your favorite flavour of Windows Server 2008 (x86/x64, Standard/Enterprise)
  2. Change administrator password at the initial login
  3. In Server Manager set time zone, IP-address, and domain member ship. Reboot if needed.
  4. Still in Server Manager, enable automatic updating and feedback if you feel like it.
  5. It is always a good idea to Download and install updates.
  6. Now, let’s add the IIS Role:
    • Select Add Roles
    • Click Next
    • Add the Web Server (IIS)-role
    • Add Required Features
    • Click Next three times
    • Click Install be begin the installation
    • Click Close once completed
  7. Time to add the -Net Framework 3.0:
    • Click Add Feature
    • Select the .Net Framework 3.0 Features
    • Add the Required Role Services
    • Click Next three times
    • Click Install be begin the installation
    • Click Close once completed
  8. Close Server Manager
  9. Add the MOSS installation account to the local administrators group

Step 2: Slipstreaming MOSS installation files

Why not have the MOSS/WSS service packs applied automatically  when installing the new server? I recommend using the slipstreaming method described here. However, if you plan to add the server to a farm that is not on SP1 yet, slipstreaming is not recommended!

Step 3: Installing MOSS 2007

  1. Install using the MOSS installation account
  2. Start the MOSS installation by running setup.exe in the x86 or x64 directory depending on your architecture 
  3. Enter your license key and accept the license agreement
  4. Select Advanced and Complete install
  5. Run the SharePoint Product and Technologies Configuration Wizard
  6. Connect to an existing farm
  7. Enter the MOSS database server end click Retrieve Database Names. The Database Name and User Name fields are automatically populated. Enter the password and click Next
  8. In Advanced Setting make sure that this server will not host the Central Administration site and click Next
  9. In Central Administration navigate to Operations and use Servers in farm to verify it was indeed added to the farm and that the Version match the other servers.
  10. That’s it. All that remains is to configure the new server for the purpose it is intended (Web Front-end, indexing etc)

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Slipstreaming WSS and MOSS SP1 into one installation base

Posted by Christian Dam on January 16, 2008

Want to avoid the hassle of upgrading to SP1 when installing MOSS from scratch? Then maybe slipstreaming MOSS and WSS SP1 into the MOSS installation base is for you:

  1. Download WSS SP1 and MOSS SP1
  2. Start a command prompt and CD to the directory where the service packs were downloaded to 
  3. Create extraction directories:
    • mkdir WSS_SP1_Update
    • mkdir WSS_SP1_Update
  4. Extract WSS SP1:
    • wssv3sp1-kb936988-x86-fullfile-en-us.exe /extract:WSS_SP1_Update
    • Accept license agreement and click Continue
    • Files are now extracted to <current directory>\WSS_SP1_Update
  5. Extract MOSS SP1
    • officeserver2007sp1-kb936984-x86-fullfile-en-us.exe /extract:MOSS_SP1_Update 
    • Accept license agreement and click Continue
    • Files are now extracted to <current directory>\MOSS_SP1_Update
  6. Copy the installation media to current directory or extract your TechNet ISO Image 
  7. Copy extracted SP1 files into the <MOSS Image>\<architecture>\update directory. I am slipstreaming 32-bit versions:
    • Copy WSS_SP1_Update <MOSS Image>\x86\update
    • Copy MOSS_SP1_Update <MOSS Image>\x86\update

The updates are applied at the end of the installation process.  This method is perfect when installing MOSS on Windows Server 2008 RC1.

Oh, did I forgot to mention that the inspiration for this post was a post over at Ben Currys blog?

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Updating MOSS 2007 to SP1 in a farm environment

Posted by Christian Dam on January 14, 2008

I have been postponing it for a while, but now it’s time! My farm is due for a SP1 upgrade!

The farm consists of the following servers (since it is a true farm, all servers are named appropriately):

  • COW: Web Front-End (x86)
  • DONKEY: Application Server hosting the Central Administration and is used for indexing the MOSS farm (x86)
  • INDEX64 (I ran out out of animal names ;-): index server in a seperate SSP used for indexing a external content source (x64 – yeah, I know it may not be fully supported to mix architecture on the same tier but I needed to test out if the mixed index servers would break anything – it didn’t :-))
  • HORSE: SQL Server

I modified this blog from Shane Young a bit to suite my need – I hope you don’t mind, Shane 😉

Here’s how the upgrade was done:

Step 1: Backup SharePoint! Seriously handy little paper here if you need help.

Step 2: Download the software you need. For my servers I downloaded the 32 bit editions for COW and DONKEY and the 64 bit edition for INDEX32. You must install BOTH the WSS and MOSS update if you have MOSS installed.

  1. WSS SP1 downloads
  2. MOSS SP1 downloads  

Step 3: Stop the World Wide Web Publishing Services to keep your users off the server.

  1. Start > Administrative Tools > Services
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the list, click World Wide Web Publishing Service
  3. Click the Stop button

Step 4: Install Windows SharePoint Services SP1 on all MOSS servers

  1. Start with DONKEY (the application server hosting Central Administration) and install the Windows SharePoint Services Service Pack
    1. Find the downloaded file. For me this was wssv3sp1-kb936988-x86-fullfile-en-us.exe
    2. Double click to run the file
    3. Read the license terms, click accept
    4. Click continue
    5. Now it starts processing the update.
    6. At the installation complete message click OK
    7. If the configuration wizard opens close it.
  2. Repeat the above steps on COW and INDEX64 (I used the x64 version for this one)

Great, all servers are now on WSS SP1. Proceed with … 

Step 5: Install the MOSS SP1 update on all servers:

  1. Again starting with DONKEY, install the MOSS SP1 update
    1. Find the downloaded file. For me this was officeserver2007sp1-kb936984-x86-fullfile-en-us.exe
    2. Double click to run the file
    3. Read the license terms, click accept
    4. Click continue
    5. Now the update processes…
  2. Run SharePoint Configuration Wizard on DONKEY
    1. Start > All Programs > Microsoft Office Server > SharePoint Product and Technologies Configuration Wizard
    2. Click Next at the Welcome screen
    3. Click Yes at the warning about restarting services
    4. Click Next at the Completing the SharePoint Product and Technologies Configuration Wizard
    5. Your server is now processing step 1
    6. You will be prompted to now install the updates on other servers in your farm.
  3. Repeat 1.1-1.5 and 2.1-2.6 above to install MOSS SP1 on COW (the only Web Front-End) and INDEX64
  4. OK, at this point we should be at a point where all servers are waiting for an OK in the SharePoint Product and Technologies Configuration Wizard
  5. Which one should we continue with first? Well, the Planning and deploying SP1 for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server guide states it should be on the site hosting the Central Administration, so we head back to the DONKEY and press OK
    1. Now your server is processing steps 2 through 9.
    2. At Configuration Successful click Finish
  6. Now complete the Wizard on the remaining two servers, COW and INDEX64, one server at a time
  7. Check out Central Admin
    1. Restart the World Wide Web Publishing service you stopped in step 2. If you had to reboot this is not necessary.
    2. Click Operations tab
    3. Under Topologies and Services click Servers in farm
    4. Next to your server you should see Version 12.0.0.6219 not 12.0.0.4518. If you do you should be good to go.

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