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Blocking SharePoint 2010 installs on unauthorized computers

SharePoint 2010 provides the ability to lock down, track, and even block random installations of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. The SharePoint 2010 setup wizard is designed to check for a registry key on the local system and block the install. If you want to block unauthorized SharePoint 2010 installs in your organization, you can setup the following registry key on all unauthorized computers. HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Web Server Extensions\14.0\ SharePoint\DisableInstall (DWORD): 1  This will ensure that setup.exe is blocked on the computer. You can use domain group policy to add this registry setting to all computers. If you want to do this using PowerShell, you will require Group Policy PowerShell cmdlets. The following steps will show you how to do that. 

The above commands will first import the Group Policy cmdlets and then use Set-GPRegistryValue cmdlet to include the new registry setting. Since we changed the default domain policy iteself, it will now apply to all the systems in the domain. Once this setting is applied, if you try to run SharePoint 2010 setup.exe, you will see a message as shown here. Now, there …

Unattended install of SharePoint 2010 prerequisites

Update: This post was written when SP2010 was in beta. Pls review the prerequisite installer unattend parameters with the RTM version. Update: I have also posted another article on installing prerequisites remotely, Do check that. http://www.ravichaganti.com/blog/?p=1888 First, SharePoint 2010 beta is out there for general public. You can download your copy at http://sharepoint2010.microsoft.com/try-it/Pages/Trial.aspx You can find a complete list of software requirements to install SharePoint 2010 roles @ http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262485(office.14).aspx#section3 Here are the requirements for installing 2010 on a web-front end server in a server farm SharePoint 2010 prerequisite installer can download these from the Internet provided the system has a connection open to Internet. You can also download each of these components youself and install them manually. You can download them at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262485(office.14).aspx#section4 That is a pretty big list..huh.! Now the issue is, I need to deploy SharePoint 2010 on multiple servers and virtual machines. Again, this on a repeated basis. I cannot sit at each server and install all of these bits manually. Also, none of these physical servers or virtual machines will have access …