Mission # 1 : Unattended Installation of WSS v3

Mission # 2 : Custom path for Installation of Data (Not SQL Server 2005 Database). Basically installation path other then %systemdrive%


OS: Windows 2003 Server R2

Pre-requisites: IIS, Microsoft.Net Framework version 3.0, Enable ASP.NET 2.0, SharePoint v3

Pre-requisite Steps

  • Install IIS
  • Download Microsoft.Net Framework version 3.0
  • Redistributable Downloads x86
  • Redistributable Downloads x64
  • Install Microsoft.Net Framework version 3.0
  • Enable ASP.NET 2.0 from %systemdrive%WINDOWSMicrosoft.NETFrameworkv2.0.50727Aspnet_regiis.exe –i
  • Restart IIS
  • Download Windows SharePoint Service v3 from here
  • Extract SharePoint.Exe to a folder using command SharePoint.exe /extract:path
  • (For Example C:WSSV3)
  • In the folder, create custom.xml.
  • Copy this xml file to a folder named Files (For Example C:WSSV3Files)

In this folder, you will find other sample config.xml

I mashed up my custom.xml from these.

This is what my Custom.xml looks like


<Package Id=”sts”>

<Setting Id=”REBOOT” Value=”ReallySuppress”/>



<DATADIR Value=”c:SharePointV3Data”/>

<Logging Type=”verbose” Path=”%temp%” Template=”Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Setup(*).log”/>


<Setting Id=”UsingUIInstallMode” Value=”0″/>

<Display Level=”none” CompletionNotice=”no” />


  • > Run > Cmd
  • Run the C:WSSV3setup.exe /config <config file>

Done!! Get a Coffee!

This is installed in a folder that I specified in the custom.xml and not in a default location! It’s in C:SharePointv3 folder here, since I have done this in VM.


The other folder that you see here is wssv3, which is the folder where I extracted the files from SharePoint.exe

Mission Accomplished!