Why AutoSPInstaller?

Let’s assume we’ve to create a new SharePoint 2010 server so we install SharePoint 2010 and then start the configuration wizard. After we’re through with the configuration wizard, most probably when we’ll start SQL Server Management Studio we’ll see something like the following

SharePoint Databases with Guids

This type of inconsistent naming can be very unpleasant and might not be very handy for our DBAs, wouldn’t it be better if we’d something like

So what we do. We can run some powershell scripts to manually configure our Farm and install services (For more details, please visit http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262839.aspx#section6)

Another good alternate is that we use AutoSPInstaller which can automate the process of installing (including downloading and installation of pre- requisites) and configuring SharePoint 2010 based on inputs we provide in an xml file. There is an editor available to edit scripts for AutoSPInstaller as well called AutoSPInstallerGUI

For detailed instructions on how to use AutoSPInstaller, please visit http://www.softlanding.ca/Blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=30.

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About Khurram Punjwani

Khurram Punjwani is a passionate .NET / SharePoint Consultant who specializes in delivering extensible solutions using agile methodologies. View all posts by Khurram Punjwani

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