Recently I was preparing to deomonstrate to a manager the benefits of using the Managed Metadata option in SharePoint 2010 rather than creating a Choice type columns. However, after installing my SharePoint Server locally on my Windows Desktop, and then creating a Term Store, and related Terms using the Term Store Management tool, I went into my default Shared Documents library to create a column that would use as reference the Term Store – I could not find the expected option to set the type of the column to the ‘Managed Metadata’ type as you should expect in SharePoint 2010 Standard, and Enterprise editions as shown below:-
The SharePoint 2010 system was installed on a Windows 7 OS, following the standard instructions as found on many blogs, and using the ‘Standalone’ option. I went through and checked to ensure that the Managed Metadata Service was running through going into Site Settings for my Site Collection and it was. The only difference I could see with this installation and the one that works at home on my laptop is that my laptop local client install of SharePoint 2010 Server uses the local Developer version of SQL Server 2008, and not the Express Edition on my work desktop system. So what the hell was the problem ?
I got into the office the next day and booted up my system with the intention of re-installing SharePoint 2010, but when I went into SharePoint’s Create Column option for my Shared Documents Library – it was suddenly there !!! It then occurred to me that during my installation of SharePoint 2010 I did NOT reboot my system after installing all the pre-requisites, nor did I do a reboot after installing SharePoint 2010 Server. So there you go – follow the instructions as they are which is to reboot once you have done all the pre-requisites and then do another reboot after SharePoint completes installation. That way everything should work, I hope this works for anyone out there who has the same problem, but I don’t think many people have had this problem as I could not find a single blog or technical site which listed this issue !!!!
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