Installing SharePoint 2010 on an Island

Have you found yourself installing SharePoint on an island of sorts – completely disconnected from the Internet, without external DNS connectivity or the ability to download files that are required for SharePoint? Even though you know that the Internet is within reach you’re unable to access it, probably because of an OSI layer 1 network adapter not being plugged in just yet.

So how do you install SharePoint? Where do you pull the prerequisites from? What do you need to grab and transfer via sneakernet?

Island Tree on Lochan na h-Achlaise ~ Rannoch Moor, Scotland

Look no further… Microsoft kindly provides the SharePoint Server 2010 Hardware and Software Requirements which includes links to downloads of the prerequisites in the "Access to Applicable Software" section.

One thing to make note of is the release of the QFE for SharePoint issues addressing "Performance Counter fix and User Impersonation" (KB979917).

Also, something to make note of, while Microsoft has the "Applicable Software" section, it doesn’t exactly give you links that will work when you’re trapped on an island. For instance, the link for the .NET 3.5 Framework with SP1 is for the Bootstrapper which launches to download files from the Internet.  This isn’t exactly useful when you’re in a disconnected environment.  Instead, scroll down and make note of the information pertaining to the Full Redistributable.  Also note that there are updates that need to be downloaded for the .NET 3.5 Framework with SP1 (three of them actually) and an update to re-associate XPS files with the .NET framework.

Alas, there are some caveats… an item to make note of is that as of this writing the SQL Native Client download button from the link provided pushes you to an ill formed HTML page where you have to seek out the SQL Native Client package for downloading purposes.  See below for proper link.

SharePoint Prerequisites  
Server Roles  
Web Server (IIS) role  
Application Server role  
Software Components Link
Microsoft .NET Framework version 3.5 SP1 http://go.spdan.com/dotnet35sp1
Microsoft .NET Framework version 3.5 SP1 Update http://go.spdan.com/dotnet35sp1u
Update for .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (KB967190) http://go.spdan.com/wutng
Microsoft Sync Framework Runtime v1.0 (x64) (English) http://go.spdan.com/yaxrr
Microsoft Sync Framework v1.0 (if other than English) http://go.spdan.com/phusl
Microsoft Filter Pack 2.0 http://go.spdan.com/dmegl
Microsoft Chart Controls for the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 http://go.spdan.com/mvknw
Windows PowerShell 2.0 http://go.spdan.com/fjsbq
SQL Server 2008 Native Client http://go.spdan.com/jvdsx
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services ADOMD.NET http://go.spdan.com/ryziu
ADO.NET Data Services Update for .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (Server 2008 SP2) http://go.spdan.com/mjrni
ADO.NET Data Services Update for .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (Server 2008 R2 / 7) http://go.spdan.com/nllmd
A hotfix for the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 that provides a method to support token authentication without transport security or message encryption in WCF. (Server 2008 SP2) http://go.spdan.com/ndubn
A hotfix for the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 that provides a method to support token authentication without transport security or message encryption in WCF. (Server 2008 R2) http://go.spdan.com/fgpvy
Windows Identity Foundation (WIF) (Server 2008 SP2) http://go.spdan.com/tiqfd
Windows Identity Foundation (WIF) (Server 2008 R2) http://go.spdan.com/zweak

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