Windows SharePoint Services 3 Setup Howto

After installing Windows SharePoint Services, WSS still has to be configured to be usable. This article describes how to setup and configure the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 using the Central Administration tool.

TODOClick Start, select Administrative Tools and click SharePoint 3.0 Central Administration.

Start Windows SharePoint Services Search

Central Administration1. In Central Administration, click Operations.
CA Operations2. In Operations, click Services on server.
Services on Server3. In Services on Server, click Start corresponding to Windows SharePoint Services Search.
Configure Search4. Create two new domain user accounts for the Service Account and Content Access Account. Fill in those information into the page and click Ok.

Create Web Application

Application Management1. In Application Management, click Create or extend Web application.
Create or Extend Web Application2. In Create or Extend Web Application, click Create a new Web application.
Create New Web Application3. In Create New Web Application, review the IIS Web Site settings.
Create New Web Application4. Create a new domain user account for the application pool and type the details into the Application Pool section.
Create New Web Application5. Specify the Search Server and click Ok.
Application Created6. In Application Created, click Create Site Collection.
Create Site Collection7. In Create Site Collection, give a title and description for your site.
Create Site Collection8. Select a template and specify a Primary Site Collection Administrator and click Ok.
Top-Level Site 
Successfully Created9. Test your newly created site by clicking on the provided link.
TODO10. It works.

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I too am recieving an error when attempting to create my first application pool from central admin. It says “The username and password entered are not valid.” I have attempted using the default populated settings, with kerberos, with NTLM, specifing the app pool account, creating a fresh AD account and it keeps responding with the same error.

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