Microsoft Productivity Hub Install

I wrote this guide in February of 2012.  I make the assumption that these instructions are still valid.  I haven’t setup a new testing environment yet, but once I do I’ll run back through them and check.  But until then I hope this helps.

This post will guide you through installing the Microsoft Productivity Hub into your SharePoint environment.  The Microsoft Productivity Hub is a really neat site collection offered for free by Microsoft.  The Productivity Hub provides a set of packaged training guides / videos for end users covering a large portion of Microsoft software.

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The one thing I would like to note is that in my SharePoint testing environment I do not have the User Profile Service configured.  So the ability for users to rate and tag content in the hub site collection is not present.  You will also see warnings being flagged during the install.

Lets Get Started

The first thing you will need to do is make sure your current SharePoint environment has the August 2011 CU update installed.  In my SharePoint environment I am at version 14.0.6114.5000 which is the December 2011 CU update.

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Now that you are all patched up the next step is to download the Microsoft Productivity Hub from Microsoft and all the associated content packs.  You are required by Microsoft to register for the download but it is a fairly quick process.  When you download all the files place them all in the same directory.  In my case I simply saved them to a folder on my d:\ called SPHUB

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Once the download is complete you should have 5 files in your folder.  The next step is to double click on each of the files and extract the contents to the same folder.  So in my case I simply extracted them out to d:\sphub and once all the files had been extracted I moved the files I downloaded to a different drive so I would have them in case I needed to install them again.  So now everything is downloaded and all the files are extracted and you are ready to begin the install.

Choosing a location to host the Productivity Hub

Before you can install the Microsoft Productivity Hub you need to take a moment and figure out where you will install the Productivity Hub to in your SharePoint environment.  You can choose to create a new Application Pool & Site Collection or you can create a new Site Collection under your current site.

In my case I created a blank site collection under my existing SharePoint Web Application.

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Let the install begin!

Open the SharePoint Management Shell (Run as Administrator) and browse out to the location you extracted the Productivity Hub to earlier.

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Now type in the following command .\install http://yoursitename here.  This is where the site collection will be installed to.  In my case it is http://F0797/sites/training

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The first thing you will be prompted about is overwriting the existing site collection with the Productivity Hub.  Type in Y and hit enter. The installer will then begin the process of restoring the Productivity Hub.

Then the installer will ask if you want to install the default content packs.  Type in Y and hit enter.  The installer will ask you product by product if you want to install that products content.  In my case I want to install everything so I saved myself the trouble of having to hit Y for each product and typed in A and hit enter.

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Then the install will proceed and show you what all is being installed.  If you notice in my screen shot below the error message about not being able to access the Tag Manager.  This goes back to not having the User Profile Service setup and configured in my SharePoint environment.

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Depending on what content packs you selected the installation can take anywhere from 10 – 45 minutes.  In my case the install took about 30 minutes or so.  Once complete you should see a message telling you that everything completed.

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