After you install the server roles, and configure the roles and locations, you install and configure the web services. See Installing Web Services for details.
In the graphical interface, you specify database information before you install the server roles. In the command line interface, you specify database information when you configure the server roles and location.
You run this task from the server where Microsoft SQL Server is installed.
An XML configuration file is used to maintain context across the Services Manager deployment. As you configure the server roles, information is read and written to the configuration file. For example, the Provisioning Engine writes its own configuration information and reads where to reach the database. When you configure the primary location, the configuration file will already have information needed about the provisioning server.
A location is the main unit of isolation between tenants, and usually corresponds to an Active Directory domain or forest. Customers are provisioned into a location. Configuring a server role makes that role operational, while configuring the location ties the components together and makes the system operational.
There is one configuration file per location, although all locations can share a single database server. You configure the primary location first, then optionally, remote locations. For example, a new customer with an existing infrastructure and domain might be integrated as a remote location in the control panel. When you configure remote locations, you specify connection details, which are used to generate a new configuration file. After that, configuring a remote location is similar to configuring the primary location.
You configure locations from the server hosting the Provisioning Engine or the Web Server.
See System Requirements for Server Roles for supported platforms, required software, and preparation tasks.
Whether you use the graphical interface or the command line to configure installed roles, review the information in the topic Configuring Server Roles and Locations from the Graphical Interface before you start the configuration. It describes the information you will need to provide.