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installing wss3 on windows server 2003

  Asked By: Alisha    Date: Nov 27    Category: MOSS    Views: 1013

I am trying now to install
wss3. It was installed before on the server along with wss2. I could create
wss2 sites without problem, but wss3 would never log onto the SP Central Admin,
and the SP Tech Config Wizard kept hanging. So I decided to start all clean. I
uninstalled everything sharepoint from the server and deleted all the sp sites
(since I wasn't using them anyways). Since the sql server was causing problems
with the sp tech config wizard, I removed it too.

Now I have installed sql server 2008 express (with powershell) and also wss3.
Problem is that when I run the SP config wizard, I get an error saying "ACCESS
DENIED." I think it has to do with the database connection. I played with the
permission settings to no avail. What do I do?



7 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Dan Dickerson     Answered On: Nov 27

If you want to use SQL express don't install it first. Simply chose the
standalone installation of WSS and it will install the database for you.
That way you won't end up with the wrong permissions.

Answer #2    Answered By: Phenil Poriya     Answered On: Nov 27

Well, that's what I did. At first I did not install SQL express. I installed
wss3 first but the wizard said it couldn't find the database and so would not
configure. That's when I tried the SQL express.

Answer #3    Answered By: Dante Parsons     Answered On: Nov 27

I figured this out. I needed to create a new database first
using psconfig. After I did that, wss3 installed without any problems.

Answer #4    Answered By: Luke Davis     Answered On: Nov 27

PSConfig is the SharePoint configuration and technologies wizard. You shouldn't
need to run it before you run setup.exe. I suspect the problem is because
Sharepoint used to be installed and didn't remove everything when you
uninstalled it.

Answer #5    Answered By: Daniella Landry     Answered On: Nov 27

How horrible would a full format/install of the server be?

Answer #6    Answered By: Bo Stafford     Answered On: Nov 27

Well, it is actually working. I found some google-bits out there reporting the
same problem, and found that when you re-install wss3 that it is by default
still connected to the former internal database. Using psconfig you can create
a new internal database to which sharepoint will link and everything works
great. As for formatting/installing the server, well, I am in new territory
already. I have been working with the server now for less than a year and it is
all the hard way. I am not ready to reconfigure the whole LAN; besides, if I
mess up, the whole office will be put out. I would rather wait until I am
forced to do it, then the fault would not be mine!

Answer #7    Answered By: Jocelyn Shelton     Answered On: Nov 27

Is SharePoint installed on it's own server?
Also when you install SharePoint you should never select single server
installation, click customize and then select farm.

If you have a previous installation of SharePoint:
1.) Uninstall SharePoint
2.) Bounce The server
3.) Uninstall the SQL Instance
4.) Bounce the server
5.) I usually uninstall IIS (You could also delete the SharePoint Virtual
6.) Bounce the server
7.) Install IIS
8.) Install SharePoint

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