First-up, pre-requisite applications/frameworks. A couple of standouts were PowerShell V2 and the Geneva Framework (WIF) runtime. The Microsoft Sync Framework and SSAS for PerformancePoint Services are no surprise.
The server I am using for this install is a Dell 1850, single CPU Xeon Dual Core server with 2GB of RAM. The OS is Server 2008 SP2. SQL Server 2008 SP1 64-bit is also installed.
The pre-req installation took 8:32 on this server, then a reboot was needed, then another 7:18 and another (long) reboot, then another 9:16 and another reboot. Hey! Wait a minute, the pre-req UI always says it’s adding and configuring the Application Server Role (which was already there) so this thing is looping.
Nice first impression.
OK, time to punt. I installed the pre-reqs that were missing from my system; PowerShell 2.0 and the Sync Framework runtime. Then I just clicked the Install SharePoint Server link. Success!
Next post will be running the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard.