How to Install SharePoint Server 2010 Beta (Standalone) on VMWare

I’m excited to let you know that I will be developing a SharePoint 2010 training course for Learning Tree International entitled: “Comprehensive Introduction to SharePoint 2010” that will be available to the public in June 2010. I am very fortunate to be working with David Severn, SharePoint expert based out of Ireland and Karen Najjoum, Learning Tree Product Manager. Leading up to the first pilot run on April 13-16 and in the spirit of collaboration and giving back to the greater community, we’ll be sharing our course development experiences with you on this blog and provide relevant tips and tricks about SharePoint 2010 that you may find beneficial. Check out this short video I recorded during our initial meeting:

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During the meeting, we created our  SharePoint Server 2010 Beta development environment on VMWare and encountered some ‘interesting situations’ before we got it to work. So for our first post in this series, I’d like to share key steps in successfully installing SharePoint Server 2010 Beta on VMWare (click the link  for detailed instructions on each step):

  1. Install Windows 2008 R2 on VMWare. (Thanks to Keith Elder for the detailed instructions). Ideally, you should have 8 GB of RAM allocated to the VM, however, we got it to work with at least 4GB of RAM (Keep in mind the published memory requirement for SharePoint Server 2010 Beta is 8GB of RAM, thanks to Kanwal Khipple for letting me know).
  2. Install SharePoint Server 2010 Beta on Standalone Server (Thanks to SPDEVWiki for detailed steps).
  3. If you encounter an error during step 5 of SharePoint Server 2010 Beta Configuration wizard, read Jie Li’s installation updates and apply the recommended hotfix.
  4. Once you have SharePoint Server 2010 Beta up and running, apply Spencer Harbar’s fix of the application pool’s misconfiguration in SharePoint Server 2010.
  5. Lastly, if you’d like to install a POP3/IMAP server (since Windows 2008 Server doesn’t have one), I recommend hMailServer – so far, it’s been a reliable email server.

I hope you found this post helpful. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions (by posting comments below or sending Dave or me a tweet) about installing SharePoint Server 2010 Beta or inquiries about this course that we are developing. Stay tuned and watch for more SharePoint 2010 tips and tricks. Lastly, if there was a perfect comprehensive SharePoint 2010 training course, what are some topics that you’d like to learn about? We would appreciate your feedback by posting comments below.


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