Ramblings of a Home Server User

February 16, 2009

Update: SharePoint on Windows Home Server

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tom @ 6:00 pm

Hey everybody,

I’ve made some updates to the SharePoint Guide as well as the scripts.

Current Revision:

Document: 2.0.2

Scripts: 1.1

Click here to download the guide and associated scripts

In the latest revisions of the guide and the scripts are the following changes.

– Scripts have been updated to correct a typo in the filename location of the Search Database and Log files

– Guide has been linked to the blog post detailing how to modify the database scripts if the server name is something other than “SERVER”

– Link has been corrected for download of SharePoint Database scripts

For those of you with issues syncing your calendar with SharePoint and Outlook, I’m not quite sure what’s going on. My efforts to reproduce the issues you’ve reported has not been successful. My only suggestion would be, you should make sure that you are using the same user name and password on both the server and the client, and that you don’t have issues accessing the SharePoint Calendar. Also, make sure that you have granted yourself proper permissions in SharePoint to update and modify the calendar. I have several servers running SharePoint and WHS, as well as some Vista and Win7 clients running Outlook 2007 and have not been able to reproduce the issue. If you’re running SharePoint already, make sure that SharePoint is up-to-date with the latest Service Pack. You can find it on Microsoft.com/downloads or by running Microsoft Update from the Windows Home Server Administrator Desktop.

If you have any issues, comments, questions, concerns, or suggestions, please feel free to contact me by using the Contact form available on the right side of this page.




  1. Tom,

    I am new to the Forum.

    I have been attempting to install SharePoint on my HP MSS EX 475 following your excellent instructions.

    The installation goes smoothly until I get to Part 3. Clicking on SharePoint.exe starts the extraction process but, after a few seconds it stops and gives the following message:

    “This product requires Windows Server 2003 SP1”.

    It looks as though it is insisting on Windows Server and rejecting Windows Home Server. There are qute a few people who have reported the same problem as I am seeing on various blogs.

    Recently I have developed an urgent need for a SharePoint site. I have temporarily set up a Sharepoint site through my Go Daddy account using Outlook 2007; however, this is expensive and some of the features of SharePoint are limited.

    Any suggestions?


    Comment by Peter Jesson — February 17, 2009 @ 4:56 am

    • Hi Peter,

      I have not seen that error message before. I own an EX 475 as well, and am running my production SharePoint site from that unit. Are you sure that you are installing the right package? Try redownloading the SharePoint setup file and see what happens.


      Comment by Tom — February 17, 2009 @ 3:41 pm

  2. Nice update Tom!

    Comment by Jonas — February 17, 2009 @ 9:01 am

  3. […] The guide and scripts can be downloaded from the following location. […]

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  4. Tom,
    Your directions are phenomenal. I installed and got SharePoint up and running without any issues. I kluged together and old box recycled from an ancient PC (in today’s terms), threw in a couple of 1TB drives and once I had WHS setup (I purchased the OEM version), installed SharePoint. MSFT should have installation instructions this good!

    Comment by Mark Laurance — February 21, 2009 @ 9:10 pm

  5. Tom, excellent directions. I had to tweak my SQL script a little to get it to work.

    Question, is there a way I can connect to my SharePoint from the Internet via a private link on the Remote Access Home tab? I’m having a tough time coming up with a URL redirect.


    Comment by Gary — March 2, 2009 @ 7:27 am

  6. Hi Tom,
    first of all: great guide! But no matter what I try to do (did I miss something?), I can’t log on to my sharepoint site out of my network. I have configured the startpage as a public page, no problem. I can access the page via internet from outside, no problem. But I can’t log on, no matter what I use as domain – the servers internal name, the url or nothing at all. I can log on from any computer in my network at home, even with the “internet url”. But not from outside. I guess, it is something with access mapping, but don’t know what. So, what to do?


    Comment by Peter — March 16, 2009 @ 9:43 am

  7. I’ve yet to try installing Sharepoint on my WHS until now because I didn’t have a good use for it (other than interest). Now, I do, so I have a question:

    Can users be assigned under Sharepoint that are not “users” within my network and WHS?

    I need to set up a Sharepoint Site for a development team I am involved with, none of whom (other than myself) are users with my home network.

    Is this possible?

    Comment by Randy — March 19, 2009 @ 1:57 pm

  8. I’ve used your guide for over a year. Works perfectly.

    My only question is there a way to have a direct url instead of a port. For example using htt:homesite.homeserver.com/MySharepointSite?

    Some mobile devices and public computers do allow port URLs.


    Comment by Denny — June 29, 2009 @ 11:38 am

  9. […] Sharepoint on the WHS […]

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