Creating a Development VM - Part 5: Validating the Content Manager

This document details the steps required to install and test the SDL Tridion Content Manager 2011 server on a Windows 2008 R2 platform, with a SQL Server backend.

Creating a Development VM - Part 5

Tutorial Sections:

Validating the Tridion Content Manager

Follow the steps in this chapter to verify that the Tridion Content Manager is working as expected.

Validate using the Content Manager Explorer

Once the server is rebooted, login with the account used during installation, open Internet Explorer and browse to http://localhost

Enter your account credentials if prompted.

Enable Intranet settings to enter the Content Manager Explorer.

Click Yes.

Enter your account's default settings for language and search.

You should now see the Tridion Content Manager Explorer Dashboard. You can use this screen to change your user settings, follow links for more information about Tridion, etc.

Click on the Home tab.

Right-click on "Content Management" and select New -> Publication from the context menu

Enter a name and publication key for this new publication, then press the Save and Close button

You should see a notification that the new publication was saved.

Publications are saved using the new .NET framework, and this test has validated that your system can use the .NET framework. We must now create a Structure Group, which uses Legacy components.

Right-click your newly created publication and select New -> Structure Group from the context menu.

Enter a name for your structure group and click "Save and Close".

Again you should receive a confirmation that the item has been saved.

You have now confirmed that both the new and Legacy database components required by the SDL Tridion 2011 Content Manager are working as expected.

You have now finished the installation of SDL Tridion 2011 Content Manager.

Next section: Installing Visual Studio

Move on to the next (and final) step in this tutorial: Installing Visual Studio

About the Author
Nuno Linhares
Product Manager

Nuno Linhares was a Principal Consultant within SDL's Web Content Management Solutions Division (based in New York) and has worked with the company's Professional Services organization between March 2005 and September 2012. As from October 2012, Nuno became Product Manager for the SDL Tridion Product line. You can follow him on Twitter and his blog.

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