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Screencast: How to Install and Configure Search Server 2010 Express

SharePoint Foundation 2010 is the free version of SharePoint Server 2010, and a lot of companies find it a suitable choice for their intranet. As a free version, it has a serious limitation – you get only basic search capabilities; no search suggestions, best bets, quick filtering, search in PDF files etc.

And here comes a big surprise – Search Server 2010 Express. Judging by its name, you would never guess that it is the good old SharePoint Foundation 2010, with Enterprise Search Capabilities. Sometimes, you might see it described as SharePoint Foundation on steroids.

Most of the SharePoint installation instructions which you will find on the Internet, comfortably skip the installation and configuration of SQL server. In this step-by-step Screencast, we start with the installation and configuration of SQL Server 2008 R2 Express with SP1.

In the following Step-by-Step video tutorial, we demonstrate the installation and initial configuration of Search Server 2010 Express. You will see how to prepare Search Server 2010 Express installation disk with the required updates, and how to slipstream SP1 and the latest SharePoint cumulative update into your installation package. That will save you the trouble of running again SharePoint Farm Configuration wizard later, after applying SP1 on a live SharePoint server.

Screencast: How to Install and Configure Search Server 2010 Express


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