Wednesday, August 7, 2013

SharePoint 2010: Install Microsoft Productivity Hub 2010 SP1

As we are expanding our SharePoint I decided to play with MS Productivity Hub 2010 SP1 ( to see if it may help my users become more familiar with SharePoint (and other MS tools).

  • Windows XP or later 
  • 2007 Office System or later
  • SharePoint (SP) Server 2010 SP1 with August 2011 CU 
  • Silverlight 4
  • Farm Administrator privileges

  1. Navigate to and download all files saving them to location accessible from SharePoint (SP) Server(s)
    • CoreInstall2010SP1.exe 14.0 MB
    • ContentPack2010SP1-1.exe 460.0 MB
    • ContentPack2010SP1-2.exe 441.4 MB
    • ContentPack2010SP1-3.exe 470.4 MB
    • ContentPack2010SP1-4.exe 718.8 MB
  2. Unpack all downloads to a directory on one of the servers in your SP farm.
    • Created folder called MS Productivity Hub 2010 SP1
  3. Verify Administrative rights to User Profile Service Application (By default only SP installation account does)
    • Open the Central Administration site. The Central Administration site can be found under the Start menu, in the Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products folder
    • Within the Central Administration site, navigate to Service Applications under Application Management > Manage Service Applications
    • Find the User Profile Service Application in the list. Highlight the row by clicking on the row to the right of the link (do not click the link as this will take you to another page). 
    • With the User Profile Service Application row highlighted, click the Permissions button in the ribbon toolbar.
    • In the Permissions dialog, verify that your account (or the account being used to install the Productivity Hub) is specified with Full Control before proceeding with Productivity Hub installation. 
    • Click OK once you have verified and / or added your account with Full Control permissions.
  4. Decide where you want the Productivity Hub site to reside within your existing SharePoint Server 2010 farm. 
    • You can choose to deploy the site to a new site collection or to an existing site collection. The installation process will attempt to create or replace the chosen site collection with a new Productivity Hub site collection.
    • I choose to install in new web application and site collection.
      • Web Application
        • Authentication: Classic
        • IIS Web Site
          • IIS Web Site: MSPHUB
          • Port: 80
          • Host Header: [name for address]
            • Ex: internal / training /etc
          • Path: [Change only if needed]
        • Security Configuration
          • Authentication provider: MTLM
          • Allow Anonymous: No
          • SSL: No
        • Public URL
          • URL: http://sptraining:80
          • Zone: Default
        • Application Pool
          • Pool Name: SharePoint - MSPHUB
          • Security Account: Configuarable (Predefined SP_Farm)
        • Database Name and Authentication
          • Database server: [Enter Database Server Name]
          • Database Name: WSS_Content_MSPHUB
          • Database Authentication: Windows authentication
        • Failover Server: [Enter if available]
        • Search Server: SharePoint Server Search
        • Service Application Connections: Default
        • CEI Program: No
      • Site Collection
        • Central Administration > Create Site Collection
        • Web Application: [Select Web Application created above]
        • Title: MS Productivity Hub
        • Description: MS Productivity Hub Repository
        • URL: [web application]/
        • Template: Blank Site
        • Primary Site Collection Administrator: [Desired User]
        • Secondary Site Collection Administrator (if needed): [Desired User]
        • Quota Template: No Quota
  5. Once you have determined which site collection to use, open the SharePoint 2010 Management Shell from one of the SharePoint front end web servers.
    • The SharePoint 2010 Management Shell can be found under the Start menu, in the Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products folder. 
  6. From within the management shell, change directory to where you’ve placed the Productivity Hub installation files.
    • cd "C:\MS Productity Hub 2010 SP1" (remove " if typeing)
  7. Run the following command from the management shell prompt: .\install [sitecollectionURL] 
    • Example: .\install http://myhubsite/  or .\install http://sptraining/
    • Select Y to overwrite
  8. Monitor the management shell window to answer any prompts and to ensure success (this may take a few minutes). Once the install process completes, the initial site collection will be deployed to target URL. If you chose to install the default content packs during the installation process, you now have those content packs installed. If there are other content packs you wish to install, please do so now before proceeding to the next step. 
  9. Next, open the Central Administration site to initiate a full crawl of the new site collection. The Central Administration site can be found under the Start menu, in the Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products folder. 
    1. Within the Central Administration site, navigate to your default Search Service Application instance under Application Management > Manage Service Applications. 
    2. From the Search Administration page, click Content Sources from the left navigation menu 
    3. Find the relevant Content Source that encompasses the new site collection and choose Start Full Crawl from within its drop-down menu. If you only have “Local SharePoint Server Sites” listed as a content source, perform a full crawl on it. 
      • NOTE: The full crawl process may take a few minutes to a several hours depending on the size of your SharePoint server farm. This step is necessary to index the content of the Productivity Hub site collection. 
  10. Installation is now complete. You can now navigate to the Productivity Hub site in Internet Explorer and set permissions for your end users and coaches who will need access to the Productivity Hub. Permissions are controlled from the home page. Use Site Actions > Site Settings > People and Groups. Add the relevant users and Active Directory groups to the following SharePoint security groups based on role: 
    1. Hub 2010 Members – most users should be placed here. They will be able to view, tag, and rate content, and participate in forums. 
    2. Hub 2010 Coaches – same access level as Members, but with access to the Coach Help and the ability to manage content of the Productivity Hub site. 
    3. Hub 2010 Owners – Administrators should be registered here. They will have full access to manage content and forum posts, view Site Admin Help, SA Benefits Help, and Coach Help pages; and modify site permissions.
    4. Hub Visitors – users who need read-only access to content and forums should be added to this group. Tagging and ratings will still work for these users.

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