Hello and welcome to this video series. My name is James Olorunosebi, and I will be your guide in this video tutorial. Today we’ll continue in our series, SharePoint 2013 Farm, and this time around we look at Configuring Services and this is the first part. Example of SharePoint services can be seen on the screen, and there are quite a few of them that enable SharePoint to function effectively. Now, a service application can be turned off, it can exist on one server, it can be load balanced across many servers in a farm, and they are designed to be as independent as possible so that either restarting one or turning one completely off, or misconfiguring one does not necessarily prevent the farm from operating. Each one has its own process, and requires a certain amount of RAM to operate. So typically, it has its own configuration database, and sometimes its own Active Directory® service account.
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Okay, so over here we have a SharePoint installation that has just successfully installed and nothing has been started yet. All the services are not yet functioning, so what we are going to do is we are going to use the Start Wizard option, to configure the services, and we are going to walk through this.
So the first thing we are presented with after clicking on Start Wizard is the services console, and we have to configure quite a few of them. At the top part of this section, you can see the Service Account Section. Now what the Service Account section needs is an Active Directory® account that can be used to run all of these services below. By default it is already poised to use the Farm Administrator‘s account which is the TESTLAB\Administrator, but we are not going to use that. What we are going to do is where going to have to Create a New Managed Account, and the new managed account is what we are going to use to run those services. To do that, we need to go to Active Directory. The Active Directory® server is currently turned off, but here is a look at some of the services we are going to be working with: Access Services 2010, Access Service, the App Management Service, Business Data Connectivity, Excel Services Application, Lotus Notes Connector if you are still using Lotus Notes, Machine Translation Service, Managed Metadata Service, PerformancePoint Service Application, PowerPoint Conversion Service Application, Search Service Application, Secure Store Service, State Service, Usage and Health Data Collection, User Profile Service Application which is very vital, Visio Graphics Service, Word Automation Services, Work management Service Application, and Workflow Service Application. So you can see there is quite a lot of them. Now each of these services theoretically should have a different service account powering them, but it’s not all of them that is going to request that you do that. But for now since we are using the wizard mode and the automatic option, it will just do it once and for all.
So let’s come over to our Active Director® here and we bring that machine up quickly. Usually I turn the Active Directory® machine off for resource constraint, and to make best use of my resources, so whenever I need the AD to come up that’s when I bring it up. When I don’t need it anymore I turn it off. You can apply this model when you work with virtual machines on your laptop when you don’t have all the resources in the world, or the monster resources in the world that you need. Okay, so here, in AD, under the Managed Service account on the left pane, you can see that is already selected, I am going to come to the right hand pane here, and I’m just going to
Right-Click -> New -> User
In the New Object User dialog box, in the First Name section, I will type SP_SERVICE.
A good naming convention to use is to use the prefix SP meaning SharePoint, and create SP_SERVICE. So I’m going to have SP_SERVICE, SP_SEARCH, SP_PROFILE (for the User Profile Service), that’s a very good naming convention to use. It’s a convention that is also used out there in the industry.
So, in here I type in SP_SERVICE as well into the User Logon Name section, and click NEXT.
On the next page of the dialog box it’s very important after typing in the password to tell the AD not to let this account’s password to change (for this test purpose only not in real life and industry standard). So am going to unselect the option User Must Change Password At Next Logon, am going to remove that, and am going to enable User Cannot Change Password, and Password Never Expires. Click NEXT. Here is a summary, and click FINISH. Now SP_SERVICE has been created. What I need to do now is to go to SharePoint, SPS-SQLDB, and type in this service account here. So am going to type TESTLAB\SP_SERVICE, and am going to put the password in there. One thing I have done in this demonstrations is that I use the same passwords in every account (for ease of remembering, in real life this is not so). So let’s click NEXT. We wait for that to complete.
Now that has succeeded successfully. What the configuration wizard is now saying is “Okay you created all the services, all your services are running fine, the next thing you need to do is create a site collection”. So am just going to briefly go to the top here of the Create Site Collection page, and in the Title field type TESTLAB INTRANET. This is the very first site in this SharePoint farm and it’s going to be sitting on Port 80 by default, aside the Central Administration which is on a different port by default. In the Description field type a description. In the URL section, you have to choose a path to place your site collection. Select the /sites/ from the dropdown and type testlab as the final URL here. You can actually type anything you want to be the URL of that URL string. Select 2013 from the Select Experience Version section. Under the Select A Template section, there are several options to work with under the Collaboration tab. Under Enterprise there are quite a few as well to work with. These are all templates that can be applied to this site. I don’t need to start any custom design for layout and everything. Microsoft has done a great job of making everything available, you just select. You can download other templates and install them here, and they will all be available for you to use. It’s a very great way to publish and create sites. Okay, we click OK over there.
And now it says This Completes the farm Configuration Wizard. That is the URL for the newly created site, if we click it that will load the site. So right over here you can see all the services that have been configured. This is an indication that all is good. Thank you for watching this video, see you again next time.