Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 “Access Deny”
I have downloaded Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointtechnology/FX100503841033.aspx) 2 weeks ago. The file size is around 80MB. When I was happily trying to install in a PIII Windows 2003 Server box the first component SharePoint Service 3.0 complains is I do not have .Net Framework 3.0 (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=10CC340B-F857-4A14-83F5-25634C3BF043&displaylang=en). So remember the 1st rule, .Net Framework 3.0 must installed and you need to download it because it is not part of the SharePoint installation file.
After installing the SharePoint Services 3.0 then the installation program will give an option to run “SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard”. I am not sure about others but I run it. The wizard runs successfully most of the times.
Here comes the exciting part of it. I basically struggling for it on and off for about more than a week. Normally I will not logon as Administrator to my server box. I will create a user account as a member of Administrators group. So I logon, open my IE7 and browse the server installed with Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. I got a page with a big title “Error: Access Denied” (See picture AccessDeny.jpg).
This is what I have done. I click sign in as different user on the error page. Logon using user, Administrator, you will be able to get the expect SharePoint home page (See picture SharePoint.jpg). Pay attention to the tab at the right top, Site Actions. Click the tab then choose Site Settings. Set your permissions under the Users and Permissions section and DO NOT struggle in SharePoint 3.0 Central Administration web page.
So you should have you lovely Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 home page for all your intended users now. Have fun.