Hardware and Software Requirements

Before you install Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services on your Web server (Web server: A computer that hosts Web pages and responds to requests from browsers. Also known as an HTTP server, a Web server stores files whose URLs begin with http://.), you must first ensure that the required hardware and software are installed.

This section contains:

  • Web Server Hardware Requirements
  • Web Server Software Requirements
  • Database Requirements
  • Client Software Requirements

Web Server Hardware Requirements

Hardware requirements for your Web server vary depending on the platform you are using, edition of the operating system you choose, and whether you are deploying Windows SharePoint Services on a single server or server farm. The following table describes the hardware requirements for the supported operating systems.

Platform Operating system Requirements for single server deployment Requirements for server farm deployment
32-bit version

Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition, or Web Edition

 Note   Web Edition requires a full version of Microsoft SQL Server 2000 or SQL Server 2005

Same as the requirements for the edition of Windows Server 2003 you are using

1* Pentium III compatible CPU, 550 MHz or higher
* 2 CPUs recommended

512 MB RAM

32-bit version Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition Same as the requirements for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition

1* Pentium III compatible CPU, 550 MHz or higher
* 2 CPUs recommended

1 GB RAM

32-bit version

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2, Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition, or Web Edition

 Note   Web Edition requires a full version of Microsoft SQL Server 2000

Same as the requirements for the edition of Windows Server 2003 R2 you are using

1* Pentium III compatible CPU, 550 MHz or higher
* 2 CPUs recommended

512 MB RAM

32-bit version Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2, Datacenter Edition Same as the requirements for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2, Datacenter Edition

1* Pentium III compatible CPU, 550 MHz or higher
* 2 CPUs recommended

1 GB RAM

x64-based version

x64-based version of Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition, or Datacenter Edition

 Note   All x64-based versions of Windows Server 2003 editions require a full version of Microsoft SQL Server 2000 or SQL Server 2005

Same as the requirements for the 64-bit version of the edition of Windows Server 2003 you are using

1* 64-bit CPU
* 2 or more CPUs recommended

1 GB RAM

 Notes 

  • Windows SharePoint Services is not supported on Itanium-based versions of Windows Server 2003.
  • You must install Windows 2003 Server and Windows SharePoint Services on a partition formatted using the NTFS file system.

Web Server Software Requirements

To run Windows SharePoint Services, you must first install one of the Windows Server 2003 editions, listed in the previous table. The following list describes the components that must be running on the edition of Windows Server 2003 you choose for your Web server:

  • Windows Server 2003 Editions
    • Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0, running in IIS 6.0 worker process isolation mode
    • Microsoft ASP.NET version 1.1, Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0, or both
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 Editions
    • IIS 6.0, running in IIS 6.0 worker process isolation mode
    • ASP.NET version 1.1, ASP.NET 2.0, or both
  • 64-bit (x64-based) versions of Windows Server 2003 Editions
    • IIS 6.0, running in 32-bit emulation mode and IIS 6.0 worker process isolation mode
    • ASP.NET version 1.1, ASP.NET 2.0, or both

Database Requirements

In addition to the operating system and Web server software, you must also have a database installed on your server (or on a separate server) to run Windows SharePoint Services. The following databases are supported:

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Standard Edition or SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition, with the latest service pack
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition or Microsoft SQL 2005 Enterprise Edition, with the latest service pack
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Workgroup Edition or Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition, with the latest service pack
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine (Windows) (WMSDE)

If you do not have SQL Server 2000 installed on the computer on which you are installing Windows SharePoint Services, WMSDE is installed automatically when you install by using the default (Typical) option. If you are using the command-line interface to install Windows SharePoint Services, or are using a script to run the installation, you can specify a database to use that is running on a different computer.

 Note   Windows Server 2003, Web Edition, and the x64-based version of Windows Server 2003 both require the full version of Microsoft SQL Server 2000 or SQL Server 2005 rather than WMSDE.

Client Software Requirements

Any Windows, Macintosh, or UNIX client can use Windows SharePoint Services features, providing the client runs the following software:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01 with SP2 or later (best results with Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 with SP2 or later), Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.2 or later for Macintosh, Netscape Navigator version 6.2 or later, Mozilla 1.4 or later, or Firefox 1.0.4 or later.
  • A client program, such as Microsoft Office 2003, is required for clients that contribute documents to a Web site, but is not necessary for browsing.
 
 
Applies to:
Deployment Center 2003