Learn about SharePoint from the point-of-view of the IT Pro and about components SharePoint relies on.
- [Instructor] I have found that IT professionals are prone to installing SharePoint in one of two ways, either they think hey, it's easy to run the installer and click through some wizards. How hard could this be? Or SharePoint is an enormous product with all kinds of capabilities that can easily be misconfigured and difficult to work with for years. And the truth is somewhere between both approaches. Yes, things can go wrong if you don't prepare properly for a SharePoint installation but if you know what you're doing before starting the installation, it's easy to do.
Heck, with some automation it can be very easy to do. As the one who will be installing, configuring and administering SharePoint, it's to your advantage to keep in mind what SharePoint really is from an administrator's standpoint. It's a web front end running on a Window's server that stores its data on the backend in SQL somewhere on the network. To that end, when preparing to install SharePoint, and later when troubleshooting it, you need to realize that SharePoint uses Windows Server to store its binaries and run its services.
It uses Active Directory for service accounts, access control lists for files in the local file system and Windows components, most notably IIS or internet information services to manage the web front end. On the backend, SharePoint uses SQL Server to store its own configuration data as well as any data entered into the lists and libraries on the SharePoint sites. Now, SQL can be installed on the same server as SharePoint which means you need to make sure that the hardware of that server can handle the load of both server services and plan for that combined server to be single point of failure in case of disaster or the SQL server could be on a different server than SharePoint, somewhere on the network on separate hardware.
So, when preparing to install SharePoint, you need to consider scaling out to accommodate disaster recovery and even availability for times of heavy activity which is a good reason alone to separate SQL from SharePoint. Some SharePoint services are used more heavily than others and can require extra resources, so when planning for installation, it's good to consider what SharePoint is going to do for you and how it's going to do it.
CA Callahan takes you through each stage of the process, covering everything from software installation prerequisites, to common topologies and MinRoles, to how to slipstream updates into an installation. Callahan introduces best practices, as well as steps involved in configuring outgoing email, web applications, site collections, managed accounts, and farm accounts. Plus, discover how to use some common tools that experienced administrators use on a day-to-day basis to make the most of their installation efforts.
- SharePoint installation considerations
- Configuring SQL for SharePoint
- Software installation prerequisites
- Using the Installation Wizard
- Installing SharePoint 2016 on additional servers
- Configuring outgoing email
- Configuring a web application and site collection