Using Configuration Wizard without the wizard! That’s right.

This has nothing to do with our installation that we have done so far. However, I think you should know about this very powerful exe file that ships with this version of Windows SharePoint Services v3.


Yeah.This is the exe behind your configuration wizard. To let you on a secret, use this instead of the GUI. It is much quicker. The wait for ten gruelling steps using GUI to finish is no fun.

Just use the following command and see how quickly the configuration is completed.

psconfig -cmd setup

You will find this exe in %systemdrive%Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft Sharedweb server extensions12BIN

Grab PSConfig.CHM (Help file for PSConfig) from %systemdrive%Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft Sharedweb server extensions12Help1033


For starters, you could pre-configure database for your sharepoint installation.

Secondly, if you had a botched up installation and can’t run the setup again, psconfig will help you 😉

Contents of the PSConfig.CHM

  • Welcome to the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard
  • How to: configure proxy server settings
  • How to: enable Internet Information Services
  • How to: repair SharePoint Products and Technologies
  • How to: verify ASP.NET version
  • How to: verify Windows Workflow Foundation version
  • Connect to a server farm
  • Specify configuration database settings
  • Configure the SharePoint Central Administration Web application
  • Confirm settings
  • Advanced settings
  • Configuring SharePoint Products and Technologies
  • Configuration complete
  • Remove the SharePoint Central Administration Web site
  • Modify server farm settings
  • Replace default SharePoint site
  • Configuration failure during removal
  • Command-line reference for the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration wizard Have fun and share your experience with PSConfig
  • That about sums up my series on WSS Installation on a Domain Controller. What did you learn? I sure did learn a lot!