I've been using and playing with the different betas and RCs of Windows Server 2008 all this while. In each of them, one of the nice things that I found was the out-of-the-box availability of Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0. This allowed me to use and show off SharePoint quickly in a demo and stuff. The auto installation of required Windows, IIS, and database components was a great plus as well.
Today, I went ahead and installed Windows Server 2008 Enterprise edition on a machine on my network. After setting up basic stuff on it (IIS7 with some additional options, etc.), I planned to make this a small intranet-like system for my dev team to be able to collaborate on. I went into the Roles window to add the SharePoint role and couldn't find it there. I tried looking in the Features window, but it wasn't there either. I then ran the command:
ServerManagerCMD -query | find "SharePoint"
from the command prompt to see if I could at least install it from there. But no luck. WSS seemed to have vanished from the install media. A little bit of searching however got me to this announcement that states that the RTM of Windows Server 2008 will not carry WSS3. You will need to download and install WSS3 Service Pack 1. (BTW, the announcement states that RC1 and above will not carry WSS. This is not true. I have a VPC still installed with RC1 that had WSS available and working fine).
Anyway, the download is about 104 MB. Once done I ran the SharePoint.exe that got downloaded. The first error I got was about the missing Windows Workflow Foundation.
So I went back to Server Manager and installed .NET Framework 3.0 from the Features section. Once this was done and I started the install again, it went through smoothly. I was surprised that the installer didn't use the Windows Internal Database feature that is part of Windows Server 2008. Instead it went and installed its own version of this database. After this came the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard - which took a little while to complete. Once this was complete, the site was ready. You could browse over to the home page after logging in (and adding the site to trusted site in IE).
My only thought on this whole thing was it sure is a pity that they removed WSS as a role in Windows 2008. It was an integrated install experience for setting up something important and it just felt much nicer than installing it by the usual download, check dependency errors, install routine.
Categories: Windows Server 2008