How to install and configure a standalone Sharepoint 2010 Server

Are you wanting to setup a standalone SharePoint 2010 Server without connecting it to your existing Active  Directory environment? If so, just follow the steps below:

  1. Install Windows Server 2008 Standard R2
  2. Install all Windows Updates
  3. Install SQL Server 2008 Express R2
  4. Install SharePoint Server 2010 (DO NOT RUN CONFIGURATION)
  5. Create local user “shpdbuser” and add to Administrators group
  6. Begin Manual Configuration
    1. Open Sharepoint 2010 Management Shell
    2. Run New-SPConfigurationDatabase
    3. DatabaseName: xxxxxxx (whatever name you want)
      FarmCredentials – MACHINENAMEshpdbuser
      Passphrase – xxxxxxxx
    4. Close and re-open the Sharepoint 2010 Management Shell and you should not get the “local farm is not accessible error”.
    5. Help files: Install-SPHelpCollection -All
    6. Secure the files and registry entries on the server: Initialize-SPResourceSecurity
    7. Install and then provision the services onto the farm: Install-SPService
    8. Install the SharePoint features on the server: Install-SPFeature –AllExistingFeatures
    9. Provision the central admin web application on our desired port: New-SPCentralAdministration -Port xxxx  -WindowsAuthProvider “NTLM”
      (xxxx = port number)
    10. Install the application content: Install-SPApplicationContent
  7. Running SharePoint 2010 Central Administration should open up the application in IE on the specified port (step 6-9).

In this scenario, I assume that your installation and configuration of Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard and SQL Server 2008 Express R2 is a standard setup and done correctly.

I have successfully followed the steps above a number of times to setup my environment and I hope you have success with it as well.

Thank Sri :)Thank Sri 🙂

9 thoughts on “How to install and configure a standalone Sharepoint 2010 Server”

  1. Hey Shrikant,

    Wanted to check do you face any issues with Sandbox Solution? coz there are issues when you do single server deployment with DC

  2. Hey Shrikant, I when through the install successfully following your instruction but I did notice when I opened the central administration app that there was no central administrator assigned nor can you add one, is this normal for a standalone installation?

    • Hi Joseph,

      It’s been a while since I set this environment up, so I don’t honestly remember that bit. I will go back to my notes to make sure I didn’t miss any steps and will get back to you on that.


  3. Shrikant,
    While you’re checking you notes if you can let me know if there is another application that can be installed by command line that will allow me to create a site collection without having to do it via command line.

    It looks like something is missing because when I press create site collection in central admin I get the following message:

    The page cannot be displayed because your server’s current configuration does not support it. To perform this task, use the command line operations in Stsadm.exe

    Any help will be appreciated

  4. I used this method and got me a great install of SP2010. Thanks for the great guide. I also ran into the issue that I’m being prompted for authentication. I solved this problem with this powershell code:

    $CAWebApp = Get-SPWebApplication -IncludeCentralAdministration | where-object {$_.DisplayName -eq "SharePoint Central Administration v4"}
    $CAWeb = Get-SPweb($CAWebApp.Url)
    $FarmAdminGroup = $CAWeb.SiteGroups["Farm Administrators"]
    $FarmAdminGroup.AddUser($UserID,"",$UserID , "")


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