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Best practice setup for SharePoint 2010 Foundation in StandAlone mode

Posted By:      Posted Date: October 22, 2010    Points: 0   Category :SharePoint

Question: What is the best practice configuration for StandAlone install? Here is my scenario: client does not own SQL Server therefore they want to use the OOB version in StandAlone mode. Most likely this will be fine for their goals for a couple years. 

Anyhow, so I install in as Server Farm - first option, then StandAlone - second option, and select the location to store the data files. It installs great. Now reading the best practices for a typical farm (non-standalone) install, a domain account should be used for the services. During the install of standalone it assignes the NETWORK SERVICE account to all of the services. 

Can I create the SP_Farm account - per best practices - and get this account to work for the Farm service in standalone setup? Do I have to add this account to SQL Server Express first, add it as a managed account in SharePoint, then assign it to the Farm service?

Curious if anyone has done this. Or is the best practice when using SharePoint Foundation 2010 standalone configuration, to use the default accounts and settings as it was setup?

Thank you any responses.


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