Installation (Single Server)

Run Windows Update to update all service packs and IE

If you are running Windows Service pack 1, then it is better to install the latest SP. I have installed Service Pack 2.

  • Open start -> run ?(type) control -> click Automatic Updates
  • Depending on which Control Panel view you use, Classic or Category, do one of the following:
    o Click System, and then click the Automatic Updates tab.
    o Click Performance and Maintenance, click System, and then click the Automatic Updates tab.
    o Double click the Automatic Updates
  • Click the option that you want. Make sure Automatic Updates is not turned on.

Turn off IE Enhanced Security

Windows Server 2003 comes with Internet Explorer Enhanced Security installed and activated. This requires that access to any site through Internet Explorer requires the site be trusted; otherwise, it is blocked (including SharePoint sites).

To turn off Internet Explorer Enhanced Security:

Open Start -> Control Panel.
Double-click on Add or Remove Programs.
From the left menu, click on Add/Remove Windows Components.
Scroll down to Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration and clear the check box.
Click Next to apply the change.
Close the Add or Remove Programs window.

Reduce system log sizes

By default, the Windows Event Logs are set to various sizes. The smaller logs make debugging easier by keeping only the most recent events. To do this:

  • Open Start ? All Programs ? Administrative Tools ? Event Viewer.
  • For each of the Log types: (Application, Security, System)
    o Right-click on the name and select Properties.
    o On the Properties page, change the Maximum log size to 512.
    o For the When maximum log size is reached option, check Overwrite events as needed.
    o Click Apply. You will see a pop-up that indicates the log has been reduced but must be cleared; click OK to accept.
    o Click the Clear Log button when prompted to save before clearing, and then click No.
    o Click OK to close the properties page.

Turn off shutdown tracker

The Shutdown Event Tracker is used to track why a particular server is being shut down or restarted. By default, this means you must enter a description and click OK each time you need to reboot or shut a server down.
To turn this option off:

  1. Select Start -> Run -> (type) MMC and click OK.
  2. When the Microsoft Management Console opens, select File -> Add/Remove Snap-in.
  3. From the Add/Remove Snap-In window, make sure the Standalone tab is selected and click the “Add” button.
  4. From the Add Standalone Snap-in window, scroll down the list to find the Group Policy Editor, click the name to select it, and then click the “Add” button.
  5. On the Select Group Policy window, click the “Finish” button.
  6. Click “Close”, then OK to return to the MMC. You should see Local Computer Policy shown in the left-hand pane.
  7. In the left-hand pane, click + next to Local Computer Policy to expand it.
  8. Click + next to Computer Configuration to expand it.
  9. Click + next to Administrative Templates to expand it.
  10. Click + next to System to expand it.
  11. In the right-hand pane, scroll the window to locate Display Shutdown Tracker and double-click the name to open the policy.
  12. On the Properties window, make sure the Setting tab is selected.
  13. Click the Disabled radio button, and then click OK to close the properties window.
  14. Select File -> Exit to close the MMC.
  15. When you are prompted to save the console settings, click the No button.
  16. Reboot the system

Install IIS and optional IIS-related components

  1. Open Start -> Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs.
  2. Click Add/Remove Windows Components.
  3. From the Windows Components window, check Application Server, and then click Details…Ensure the following are checked:
    • Application Server Console
    • ASP.NET
    • Enable network COM+ Access
    • Enable network DTC Access
  4. Check IIS, and then click Details… Ensure the following are checked:
    • Common Files
    • Internet Information Services Manager
    • SMTP (for front-end web servers)
    • World Wide Web Services
  5. Click OK until back at the Windows Component Wizard, and then click Next > to install.
  6. Click Finish to complete the installation.

Install .NET Frameworks (2.0 and 3.0)

You will need to download the latest installation package from the Microsoft site.
The Frameworks are available here:
.Net 2.0

.Net 3.0

Set Up IIS to Use the Correct Framework

Once these installations have been completed, you need to configure IIS to use the .NET 2.0 Framework (by default, it is set to .NET 1.1 by the Windows Server 2003 installation). To set this:

  • Open Start ? All Programs ? Administrative Tools ? Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
  • In the IIS Manager tree, click + next to the server name, and then click the Web Server Extensions folder.
  • In the right-hand pane, look for ASP.NET 2.0.50727. If it shows Prohibited, click the name to select it, and then click the Allow button.
  • In the IIS Manager tree, click + next to the Web Sites folder to expand it.
  • For each web site:
  • Right-click the Site and select Properties.
    o On the Properties window, click the ASP.NET tab.
    o In the ASP.NET Version drop-down list, select 2.0.50727.
    o Click OK to close the window.
    o Click File ? Exit to close the IIS Manager.