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  • Question

  • Hello,

    we would like to install WSS silently on a single sever but not using the single-server installation.

    The requirement is to install almost everything in D:\ drive instead of C:\ System Drive.

    There are 2 XML Attributes which can be set in Config.xml file:

    1. INSTALLLOCATION, 

    2. DATADIR

     

    We tried to run a silent installation and set INSTALLLOCATION = D:\InstallLocation and DATADIR = D:\DATADIR folders.

    After the installation the INSTALLLOCATION folder was completely empty. Under D:\DataDir folder therre were only a Config folder.

     

    The entire 12-Hive Folder was created under the default location C:\Program....\...extensions\12\

    1. Is there any workarround to have the 12HIVE in D:\ Drive ?

    2. What are exactly these 2 folders ???

    DATADIR Element: The location to use to store the data files.

    INSTALLLOCATION Element: The fully qualified path of the folder on the user's computer in which the product is installed.

    Which is the difference??

     

    3. What is the size that we would need in C:\ drive for WSS installation, because we have limited space.

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Dimitris Porikos
    Thursday, December 8, 2011 3:23 PM

Answers

  • Hello Dimitris,

    The below link has Config.xml reference along with a defination of what it does.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc287749(office.12).aspx Config.xml reference (Windows SharePoint Services) 

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/923590 How to customize the installation location when you install SharePoint Server 2007 from the command line

    Also a few good posts here

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/krichie/archive/2006/10/30/psconfig-for-wss-3-0-and-moss-2007-is-your-friend.aspx PSCONFIG for WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007 is your friend

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/joelo/archive/2007/07/16/unattended-and-silent-installs.aspx Scripted, Unattended and Silent Installs

    As you are aware your SharePoint content ones you upload to the sites are stored in SQL databases so that is where (SQL data folder) you would need the maximum space. The core of SharePoint the "12 hive" - gets installed on your system drive (usually C:), in "\program files\common files\Microsoft shared\Web Server Extensions". If you open a command prompt on the server and type in Set and hit enter you will see the variables that have been set on the Windows OS

    CommonProgramFiles=C:\Program Files\Common Files
    CommonProgramFiles(x86)=C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files
    CommonProgramW6432=C:\Program Files\Common Files

    The minimum disk requirements are NTFS file system–formatted partition with a minimum of 3 GB of free space as stated in the below article

    http://technet.microsoft.com/hi-in/library/cc288751(en-us,office.12).aspx#section2 . Determine hardware and software requirements (Windows SharePoint Services)

    Thanks,

     

     

     


    Regards,
    Manas Biswas
    Microsoft Online Community Support


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    Monday, December 12, 2011 6:49 PM
  • Hello Dimitris,

    You are right 12-Hive gets to system drive. Also if you are pointing WSS install to a full blown SQL server ofcourse your database can grow to more than 3 GB and you can point the MDF and LDF files of the database to D drive or any other drive that has space . The article http://technet.microsoft.com/hi-in/library/cc288751(en-us,office.12).aspx#section2  states the minimum disk requirements are NTFS file system–formatted partition with a minimum of 3 GB of free space as a best practice for WSS but depending on your environment and customization you may even end up using less space.

    Thanks,

    Manas


    Regards,
    Manas Biswas
    Microsoft Online Community Support


    Please remember to click 'Mark as Answer' on the post that helps you or click 'Unmark as Answer' if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.
    Wednesday, December 14, 2011 10:53 AM

All replies

  • Hi

    I am trying to involve someone familiar with this topic to further look at this issue. There might be some time delay. Appreciate your patience.

    Thank you for your understanding and support.


    Daniel Yang

    TechNet Community Support

    Monday, December 12, 2011 10:57 AM
    Moderator
  • Thanks a lot Daniel.
    Dimitris Porikos
    Monday, December 12, 2011 10:59 AM
  • Hello Dimitris,

    The below link has Config.xml reference along with a defination of what it does.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc287749(office.12).aspx Config.xml reference (Windows SharePoint Services) 

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/923590 How to customize the installation location when you install SharePoint Server 2007 from the command line

    Also a few good posts here

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/krichie/archive/2006/10/30/psconfig-for-wss-3-0-and-moss-2007-is-your-friend.aspx PSCONFIG for WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007 is your friend

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/joelo/archive/2007/07/16/unattended-and-silent-installs.aspx Scripted, Unattended and Silent Installs

    As you are aware your SharePoint content ones you upload to the sites are stored in SQL databases so that is where (SQL data folder) you would need the maximum space. The core of SharePoint the "12 hive" - gets installed on your system drive (usually C:), in "\program files\common files\Microsoft shared\Web Server Extensions". If you open a command prompt on the server and type in Set and hit enter you will see the variables that have been set on the Windows OS

    CommonProgramFiles=C:\Program Files\Common Files
    CommonProgramFiles(x86)=C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files
    CommonProgramW6432=C:\Program Files\Common Files

    The minimum disk requirements are NTFS file system–formatted partition with a minimum of 3 GB of free space as stated in the below article

    http://technet.microsoft.com/hi-in/library/cc288751(en-us,office.12).aspx#section2 . Determine hardware and software requirements (Windows SharePoint Services)

    Thanks,

     

     

     


    Regards,
    Manas Biswas
    Microsoft Online Community Support


    Please remember to click 'Mark as Answer' on the post that helps you or click 'Unmark as Answer' if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.
    Monday, December 12, 2011 6:49 PM
  • Thanks for the info.

     

    I guess that the 12-Hive cannnot be changed to a Non-System drive. right ?

    Furthermore, the 3GBs of HDD is needed to host DBs or to host the WSS files ? If we used drive D:\ to host WSS databases would we need less than 3GBs ?

     

     


    Dimitris Porikos
    Wednesday, December 14, 2011 9:48 AM
  • Hello Dimitris,

    You are right 12-Hive gets to system drive. Also if you are pointing WSS install to a full blown SQL server ofcourse your database can grow to more than 3 GB and you can point the MDF and LDF files of the database to D drive or any other drive that has space . The article http://technet.microsoft.com/hi-in/library/cc288751(en-us,office.12).aspx#section2  states the minimum disk requirements are NTFS file system–formatted partition with a minimum of 3 GB of free space as a best practice for WSS but depending on your environment and customization you may even end up using less space.

    Thanks,

    Manas


    Regards,
    Manas Biswas
    Microsoft Online Community Support


    Please remember to click 'Mark as Answer' on the post that helps you or click 'Unmark as Answer' if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.
    Wednesday, December 14, 2011 10:53 AM