Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Installing Metalogix StoragePoint

As some of you may or may not know, Metalogix StoragePoint is an RBS (Remote Blob Storage) provider for SharePoint 2007 and SharePoint 2010.

You can download a trial version of Metalogix StoragePoint from here: http://www.metalogix.com/Downloads/StoragePoint-Downloads/StoragePoint.aspx

  1. After downloading and extracting the media, you can run the StoragePoint2010 executable
  2. The one thing I noticed immediately is that the splash screen appears to be a .Net WinForms project rather than an installer-based splash screen similar to the ones generated by DemoShield, by Advanced Installer or other commercial installation programs.  Based on a review of the dialogs, it seems that they are using a modified version of the following tool:  http://sharepointinstaller.codeplex.com/
  3. After running the executable, click on the "Run StoragePoint Install" button on the splash screen
  4. The StoragePoint installation program will then begin.
  5. Once the actual installation begins, I noticed that the installation program also seems to be a .Net WinForms project rather than an installation package based on a commercial installation vendor.   Based on a review of the dialogs, it seems that they are using a modified version of the following tool:  http://sharepointinstaller.codeplex.com/
  6. The prerequisite installer runs and verifies all of the necessary prerequisites are in place.
  7. If you receive an error message regarding the SharePoint Administration Service not being started, you can go into the Services Control Panel and start the SharePoint 2010 Administration service.  You may also want to set the service to Automatic so that it will always be there while using the Metalogix StoragePoint RBS functionality.
  8. Unfortunately, there is no Re-scan functionality in the wizard, so you have to click on the Previous button and then click on the Next button once again to have it re-scan the state of the SharePoint 2010 Administration service.  Once it completes successfully, click the Next button.
  9. On the subsequent screen, click to Accept the license agreement
  10. You will then need to enter the License key as well as the number of WFEs (Web Front Ends) and an Administrative user for the SharePoint Farm.  If you have an Internet connection, you can activate your license online.  After entering all necessary details, click the Next button
  11. On the Database creation screen, you can enter database credentials to create the StoragePoint database.  You can verify the connectivity to the database using the Test Connection button.
  12. On the Database Access screen, you can specify credentials that will be used to connect to the StoragePoint database.  You can once again verify connectivity to the database using the Test Connection button.
  13. After clicking Next, the installation should begin.  The installation essentially deploys a Farm Level Solution and activates the Farm Feature.
  14. If the installation completed successfully, you will see a dialog prompting to reset IIS (using iisreset) as well as re-starting the SharePoint Timer Service on all of the WFE servers in the Farm.  You can click OK to the dialog prompt and then click on the Next button.
  15.  You will see a confirmation screen with a log of the activity.  You can then click Close on this screen to exit the installation.
  16. Clicking on the Close button immediately opens a browser window which prompts for logging into Central Administration
  17. After viewing the License Management screen, you can click back on Central Administration in the left hand navigation to return to the main Central Admin screen.
  18. Under System Settings, you can then click on Manage Farm Features to verify that StoragePoint has been activated
  19. Clicking back on the Application Management link in the left hand navigation, you can now see StoragePoint as a separate menu item and you can begin configuring StoragePoint for use as an RBS provider!

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