SharePoint 2010 – Setup requirements

Preliminary soft- and hardware requirements and prerequisites for SharePoint 2010 beta installation.

***Update 2010-03-31***

We’ve seen some confusion in the newsgroups and elsewhere on the versions and editions of Windows that SharePoint 2010 will run on. This post is meant to clarify some of the most common questions we have seen.

SharePoint 2010 will support only 64-bit (x64) versions of Windows Server 2008 SP2 and Windows Server 2008 R2.  SharePoint will not install at all on 32 bit Windows, or any earlier version of Windows  such as Windows Server 2000 or Windows Server 2003.

SharePoint is not supported on ‘Server Core’ installations of Windows Server 2008 and R2. The Server Core installations of Windows server do not contain some of the components required for SharePoint to be configured or run.

To see a full list of all supported systems, please visit our “SharePoint Team Blog” for more:



Preliminary Requirements:

  • SPS 2010 supports only 64-bit platforms
  • Windows Server 2008 SP2 and KB 971831 (WCF fix)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 and KB 976462 (WCF fix)
  • SQL Server 2005 x64 SP3 + CU3 or
    SQL Server 2008 x64 SP1 + CU2
  • IE 7/8 or Firefox 3.x (windows systems)
  • Exchange 2007 SP2 or Exchange 2010 RTM


Server 2008 Note!

You must download the above mentioned updates for Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 before you run SPS2010 Setup!
If you don’t have this fix installed, you will get “Unrecognized attribute ‘allowInsecureTransport'” error in ULS log and most of the service applications will not run properly.
Please note that the 2008 fix also applies to Vista, while the 2008 R2 fix also applies to Windows 7.

Web Server Editions are not supported. Windows Server Foundation edition is not supported either.
You can also install SharePoint 2010 on Windows 7 and Vista, however additional steps would be required as pre-requisite installer does not work currently on client OS.
Windows 7 N and KN would not work due to an installer bug.
Please also note Office Web Application needs to follow the same edit of config.xml to be installed on client OS.


Software prerequisites:

  • Web- and application server role
  • .Net framework 3.5 SP1
  • Several other software will be downloaded/Installed while setup when running Pre-Requisition Installer.
    An internet connection is required for this.
    If not possible, you can download the additional components also from “SharePoint 2010 Pre-Install Download Links

SQL Note!
When you use a separate SQL Server on a Server 2008 operating system, please bear in mind that you may add a rule to the advanced firewall and allow minimum port 1433 for remote access. Otherwise the Configuration wizard is not able to finish the setup due to failed creation of the config database.
For SQL Server on Windows 2008/R2, you can use the script in KB 968872 to open all necessary ports.


Additional information:

Read the article  “Determine Hardware and Software requirements”: 



Now you are ready to start the SharePoint 2010 Beta Setup. For configuration, please see my other posts on SharePoint 2010 Resource Guide

Have fun and enjoy it,  Steve Chen  smile_wink

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