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Installing Sharepoint Server 2007 on Windows Server 2008

Saturday, April 05, 2008 in Technical Articles (Views: 5503)
Perhaps this is yet another oversight, but why didn't Microsoft actually think about this? When trying to install Sharepoint Server 2007 for my testing on Windows Server 2008, I get the infamous message that "There are known compatibility issues" and the setup for Sharepoint won't run. Also (in the funny sense), the setup mentioned that the incompatibilities were with Vista, not Windows Server 2008 - that one slipped through testing..

Microsoft had to consider that somebody on earth would want the newest and greatest Sharepoint to be installed on the much newer and greater Windows Server 2008.

To actually install Sharepoint 2007 on Windows Server 2008, you will need to slipstream the CD. Slipstreaming is a concept that is common in Windows Server and Desktop OS's and most non-paper MCSE's should be familiar with the concept... It's easy and amazing to me why Microsoft never thought of this themselves, being preachers of the Service Pack.

1. Extract the contents of your Sharepoint 2007 CD to a folder

2. Download the Office 2007 Servers SP1 from Microsoft

3. Extract (not run) the Office 2007 Servers SP1 binary from the command line by adding the /extract argument as such:

Officeserver2007sp1-kb936984-x86-fullfile-en-us.exe /extract:C:\(folder you created)

4. Copy the files that were extracted into the UPDATES folder from the extracted CD media.

Magically, Setup will run, ask you for your product key, and then install.


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