Continuing from my last blog (It should’ve really been titled “Installing Sharepoint Services on a sub-domain” to avoid any confusion that this may be a solution to a Project Server 2003 installation problem.  So I am renaming the title here.)  In part I of this blog, I posted some steps that we went through in preparing our DNS server and IIS for setting up a subdomain for the Windows Sharepoint Services.  So here are the rest of the steps for the actual installation of the WSS with the DNS Server and IIS settings that we configured in Part I:

  1. Click on the WSS installation File (STSV2.EXE).  You can download it from here.
  2. Read and check “I accept the terms in the License Agreement”.  If agree, click “Next”
  3. Choose “Server Farm” installation, click “Next”.  At the next window, Click “Install”
  4. After the installer finishes, you should see the IIS restarting
  5. After IIS has restarted, the “Configure Administratrive Virtual Server” window will come up.
  6. At the Application Pool section, Select “Use an existing application pool”, then at the dropdown list, select “StsAdminAppPool(NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE)” (This application pool was created during the installation).  At the bottom of the page, click “OK”.
  7. When you see the “Application Pool Changed” page, open a command prompt window and enter “iisreset”.  After IIS has been restarted, click “OK” on this page.
  8. At the “Set Configuration Database Server” page, under “Configuration Database” section, provide the name for the database server, and for “SQL Server database name:”, put WSSDB.  check “Use Windows Authentication” (You can use a SQL connection user name and password if you can’t use the trusted connection for the SQL server.)
  9. Make sure “Connect to existing Configuration” is un-checked.  Under the “Active Directory Account Creation” page, select “Users already have domain accounts, Do not create active directory accounts”.  click “Ok”
  10. You should now see the “Central Administration” page, Under “Virtual Server Configuration”, click on Extend or upgrade virtual server.
  11. At the “Virtual Server List” page, click on the one that you created for sharepoint services (e.g. with the name “Windows Sharepoint Services”)  If you don’t see your virtual server listed, click on the “complete list” at the top.
  12. At the Extend Virtual Server page, under Provisioning Options, click on “Extend and create a content database”)
  13. At the “Extend and Create Content Database” page, under the “Application Pool” section, click “Create a new application pool”.  Under “Application pool name:” type in “Sharepoint”.
  14. Under “Select a security account for this application”, select “Predefined” and select “Network Service” in the dropdown list.
  15. Under the “Site Owner” section, provide an email of the site owner at the “E-mail” field. (e.g.
  16. Leave everything else as default, and click “OK” at the bottom of the page.
  17. You should see now the “Operation in Progress” page, with a turning-gear icon and “Please wait while your changes are processed” message.
  18. After it finishes with the new settings, you should see the “Virtual Server Successfully Extended” page.  and the message: “New top-level Web site URL:“.  Click OK at the page.  You should be redirected to the “Virtual Server Settings” page.  You may close the browse at this point.

And that’s it!  You should’ve succesfully installed Windows Sharepoint Services on a subdomain.

If you are going on from here to install Project Server 2003, just following this Project Server 2003 Installation Guide.  At the end of chapter 5 of this installation guide, it shows you how to run the Windows SharePoint Services Configuration Wizard that comes with Project Server 2003 in order to intergrate Project Server with WSS.  Chapter 6 shows you how to configure the database and Chapter 7 takes you through the rest of installation process for Project Server 2003.