My HOST PC is Windows 7 and using VirtualBox I have setup a Virtual Machine having:

  • Windows 2008 Server R2 Enterprise (Standalone - there is no AD/DC)
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 Express
  • SharePoint 2010 Server Enterprise Trial

Now, I want to install SPS 2010 and make use of the existing SQL Server 2008 R2 Express. During the Installation, I selected Server Farm and then Complete option. So far, so good.

Next, it started PSConfig Wizard and asked me to specify the DB details. I provided the local Server Name and gave a New DB name. Now, it throws error saying that it needs a User ID in Domain\UserID format. I tried giving my LocalServerName\UserID, but it doesn't accept. I even tried "sa" User ID, but that too didn't work.

Questions: 1) I don't have AD/DC in this setup. Can I setup a Farm in such environment? 2) The StandAlone option creates its own SQL Server Express Instance. I want to avoid this and reuse the "already" installed SQL Server 208 R2 Express.

Are the above tasks "Mission Impossible"? or is there any alternative to do such a setup? This task is purely for learning purpose and not for a Production use.

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