This chapter covered the installation and farm configuration for both SharePoint Office Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. In many instances, these will be ongoing processes, so the chapter also included the preparation steps and a summary of decisions required before beginning installation, modifying the farm by adding and removing servers, making changes to the servers during installation, and removing the services. Some of the best practices from this chapter were as follows:
Except in very small implementations, use a separate server to provide SQL Server services.
Use domain accounts if there is any possibility of having more than one member of the farm or if you are using SQL Server services on a separate server.
Create accounts and determine naming conventions prior to beginning installation.
Choose a Complete installation for Web front-end servers to provide more flexibility in modifying farm roles without requiring a reinstallation.