Knowing fully we are now in SharePoint Foundation 2010 territory, I am going back in time. There are still questions around how to configure or create a Web Application and then a Site Collection using WSS 3.0. The questions have come up with companies moving to Team Foundation Server 2010 and not having had experience configuring WSS 3.0.
And in many cases they have found in being the “go to” person for anything and everything that has to do with the TFS 2010 deployment you have done.
Assumptions made here, you have access to the Central Administration tool, either by remotely accessing the site or by achieving access through RDP to the server.
First, we land at the main window for the Central Administration tool.
Once there, you will click on the Application Management Tab or left hand side navigation.
From the Application Management page, you then need to click on the link to Create or Extend Web Application, from the SharePoint Web Application Management grouping.
Once in the Create or Extend Web Application page, click on Create a new Web application. This will take you to another page that will allow for you to enter the essential values to configure the Web Application. What does essential values mean? Providing information on the URL, port and Application Pool account to be used among other items. Provide a different port from 80 if it is currently in use. If deploying with TFS, important to remember are the ports used by TFS, Central Admin, SSRS, Build Server (if on the same server).
Make sure you also have an account ready for this purpose, this account will be the one used as the identity for the Application Pool that will host your Web App and therefore site collection too.
Also, know the information needed for the SQL Server that will be the location for the data to be held for the content.
I hope you find this information helpful to get you going and finding your way around.