SharePoint Prerequisite Lab Installation Tip (#PowerPivot CTP3 Install)
When you install SharePoint Beta 2 to go with your PowerPivot for SharePoint CTP3 install, some will install SharePoint on a set of servers (or VMs) that do not have internet connectivity.
The first step to installing SharePoint Beta 2 is to run the SharePoint Prerequisite Installer. If you are in a lab environment that does not have internet connectivity, this step will fail because it is trying to download the required files.
Within the installer dialog, it will provide you a link to the installation log. Search for “download” within the file and you can then identify the component and URL it was trying to download from. Copy the URL to a box that has internet connectivity to download that file, place it in a location your lab machine can get access to, run the component, and then you can then proceed with the next step of your installation.