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I'm a student, and I need to setup a Sharepoint server (in order to make it easier to collaborate on a group assignment over the holidays). Through MSDNAA I've got copies of Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 and Sharepoint Server 2010 x64, and installed Windows Server onto a spare machine.

When I try to install Sharepoint 2010 on my server it fails, stating that it can't configure the Application Server and IIS roles correctly. I've tried a few things to get it to work:

  • I installed IIS myself
  • I couldn't find the Application Server role, but Windows 7 is supported, so surely HPC Server can meet the prereqs too...
  • Installed a hotfix that apparently fixed some Sharepoint 2010 & Server 2008 R2 issues
  • Reviewed the log file and tried to run the command it ran which failed, which stated the command is deprecated and then spat out a list of errors about roles it couldn't configure
  • Checked the system requirements (Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 isn't listed in either the compatible or not compatible lists)

Worst case scenario, I can replace the OS with Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 Standard, Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, or Windows Server 2003. I can also try Sharepoint 2007, although my campus MSDNAA seems to have a corrupted image for download.

Are they compatible, or do I need to download an alternative server OS? If I need a different version, which would be the best option? (I don't need the server to do anything else, apart from maybe hosting a few low traffic static websites).

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According the Hardware and Software requirements here, Windows HPC Server is not a supported operating system.

This chap here also has a list of what is and isn't compatible:

SharePoint Server 2010 - Operating System Requirements

From his findings it looks like Windows HPC isn't supported.

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Thanks, I guess I'll replace it with Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard from Dreamspark. – William Lawn Stewart Sep 29 '11 at 0:54

Hardware and software requirements (SharePoint Foundation 2010)

Take note that all server are listed as 64 bit, the link should give you the information you need.

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