Initial configuration (SharePoint Server 2010)
Applies to: SharePoint Server 2010
After the installation of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, you must perform an initial configuration. If you are using different languages in the server farm, ensure that you install the correct language packs on your Web servers. Next, you can start to configure server farm settings. The configuration of additional settings is optional, but many key features are not available unless these settings are configured. When you have created a Web application and configured the services that you want to use for this Web application, you can start to create site collections.
The articles in this section help you perform the initial configuration of SharePoint Server 2010.
Language packs enable site owners and site collection administrators to create SharePoint sites and site collections in multiple languages without requiring separate installations of SharePoint Server 2010. This article describes how you install language packs on Web servers.
This article describes how to configure additional settings in the server farm, for example outgoing and incoming e-mail, mobile account, and diagnostic logging.
Individual services can be configured independently, and you can implement only the services that your organization needs. Services that are deployed are named service applications. A service application provides a resource that can be shared across sites within a farm or sometimes across multiple farms, and can be accessed by users through a hosting Web application. This article covers how to start, stop, and configure services, and how to manage and publish service applications.
A managed metadata service application is used to manage metadata and share content across site collections and Web applications. The service application can be configured manually or by using Windows PowerShell. This article provides links to articles that provide detailed information about how to configure the key elements of a managed metadata service application.
After you have installed SharePoint Server 2010 and performed the initial configuration, you can begin to create SharePoint sites. This article describes how you create a Web application and a site collection which are the basis for creating SharePoint sites.