Configure SharePoint Server 2019

In this article, we will explore how to configure the SharePoint 2019 using AutoSPInstaller, set up an active directory, and add users to the active directory.

Overview

 
SharePoint 2019 can be easily set up in MS Azure VM. Please read my previous article to set up your own SharePoint 2019 environment. Once the SharePoint VM is ready, the next step is to configure it to use.
 
In this article, we will explore how to configure the SharePoint 2019 using AutoSPInstaller, set up an active directory, and add users to that active directory.
 

Setup Active Directory

 
We will set up an AD and add the required users to it.
  • Log in to SharePoint 2019 Trial image Azure VM.
  • Open Server Manager.
  • Click Manage > Add Roles and Features.
  • Click Server Roles.
  • Select Role as "Active Directory Domain Services".
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  • Click "Add Features".
  • Click "Next" until you reach the "Confirmation" wizard.
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  • Click "Install".
  • Once the feature is installed, click "Close" to close the wizard.
  • Click “Promote this server to a domain controller”.
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  • In the deployment configuration, add a new forest. 
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  • Click "Next".
  • In the Domain Controller options, specify the DSRM password.
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  • Click "Next".
  • Click "Next" through the wizard to set up the active directory.
  • Reboot the VM when it finishes installing the Active Directory Domain Services Server role.

Set up AD Users

  • Open Server Manager.
  • Click Tools > Active Directory Users and Computers.
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  • Create a new user.
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Add the below users to thee active directory.
 
NameResponsibilityLocal RightsDomain Rights
sp_farm-Configure and manage the server farm.
-Act as the application pool identity for the SharePoint Central Administration Web site.
-Run the Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Workflow Timer Service.
SecurityAdmin and DB_Creator rights on the SQL InstanceDomain User
sp_admin-Setup the farm
-SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard
Local Administrator on all the SharePoint Servers. SysAdmin, SecurityAdmin and DB_Creator rights on the SQL Instance.

Domain User
SP_PortalAppPoolThe Pool account is used to run the Web Application PoolsNoneDomain User
sp_servicesThe Services Account is used to run the Service Application PoolNoneDomain User
sp_crawlThe Default Content Access Account for the Search Service ApplicationNoneDomain User
SP_SearchServiceService Account to run the SharePoint Search “Windows Service”Local Administrator and SysAdmin rights on the SQL instanceDomain User
sp_mysitepoolUsed for the My Sites Web ApplicationNoneDomain User
SP_ProfileSyncThe User Profile Synchronization AccountNoneReplicate Directory Changes permission on the domain.
wf_serviceWorkFlow Manager Service AccountLocal Administrator and SysAdmin rights on the SQL instance.Domain User
sp_portalsuperuserObject Cache Service Account. The goals of the object cache are to reduce the load on the computer on which SQL Server is running and to improve request latency and throughput.None.
SharePoint: Must be an account that has Full Control access to the Web application.
Domain User
sp_portalsuperreaderObject Cache Service Account. The goals of the object cache are to reduce the load on the computer on which SQL Server is running and to improve request latency and throughput.None.
SharePoint: Must be an account that has Full Read access to the Web application.
Domain User
SP_ExcelUserExcel Services ApplicationNoneDomain User
SP_VisioUserVisio Graphics ServiceNoneDomain User
SP_PerfPointUserPerformancePoint ServiceNoneDomain User
 

Configure SharePoint 2019 with AutoSPInstaller

 
AutoSPInstaller is a utility for installing and configuring SharePoint. It helps to download the installable binaries and pre-requisites, install service packs, language packs and cumulative/public updates.
  • Download the utility from here.
  • Open AutoSPInstallerInput.xml file from “\AutoSPInstaller-master\SP\Automation” folder
  • Update the server and user information. Check usernames and passwords in each place they are used.
  • Once done, run AutoSPInstallerLaunch.bat from “\AutoSPInstaller-master\SP\Automation” folder to proceed with installation and configuration.
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Convert SharePoint Trial to RTM License

 
The SharePoint 2019 version installed to Azure VM is a trial version. We will convert it to RTM by following below steps.
  • Open SharePoint Central Administration site.
  • Click “Convert farm license type” under “Upgrade and Migration”.
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  • Enter your SharePoint Server 2019 Product Key to activate.
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  • Click OK.
  • This will take some time. After successful validation, the license type is converted to RTM (standard or enterprise, based on product key).

Summary

 
There are multiple options available to setup SharePoint 2019 farm in MS Azure. SharePoint Server 2019 Trial VM might be a good option to start building your own SharePoint Development VM in MS Azure. AutoSPInstaller tool helps to download, install and configure the SharePoint environment with granular control driven by AutoSPInstallerInput.xml file.