SharePoint 2010 Trial Versions Now Available

SharePoint2010 If you’ve been wanting to get your hands on SharePoint 2010, but don’t have a subscription to either Technet or MSDN then here is your chance.  180 day evaluation copies of 4 different editions of SharePoint 2010 are now available for download FREE!  These are all SharePoint Server editions (Remember you can download a fully licensed copy of SharePoint Foundation for FREE already.)  The four different evaluation editions available are listed below:

  • SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise License  – For organizations looking to expand their business collaboration platform to enable advanced scenarios. Use the Enterprise capabilities of SharePoint to fully interoperate with external line-of-business applications, Web services, and Microsoft Office client applications; make better decisions with rich data visualization, dashboards, and advanced analytics; and build robust forms and workflow-based solutions.
  • SharePoint Server 2010 Standard License – For organizations looking to deploy a business collaboration platform across all types of content. Use the core capabilities of SharePoint to manage content and business processes, find and share information and expertise, and simplify how people work together across organizational boundaries.
  • SharePoint Server 2010 for Internet Sites, Enterprise – For organizations looking to create customer-facing public internet sites and private extranets using the full enterprise capabilities of SharePoint. This provides full SharePoint Enterprise functionality and no other technical limits.
  • SharePoint Server 2010 for Internet Sites, Standard – For small and mid-sized organizations looking to create public Internet sites or basic extranets using the Standard features of SharePoint Server 2010.

Here’s the link you’ll need to download any of the four.  Registration is required and upgrades from Beta versions of the product are not supported.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/ee388573.aspx

 

You’ll also need evaluation copies of a 64 bit server operating system and SQL server if you want to evaluate the full product.  You can download evaluation copies of Windows Server 2008 r2 and SQL Server 2008 r2 from the following links:

Windows Server 2008 r2

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/try-it.aspx

 

SQL Server 2008 r2

http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2008/en/us/R2Downloads.aspx

 

See my previous post if you want to install it on Windows 7

May SharePoint Q&A with MVP Experts

MVP_FullColor_ForScreenDo you have tough technical questions regarding SharePoint for which you’re seeking answers? Do you want to tap into the deep knowledge of the talented Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals? Then join me and other SharePoint MVPs for answers to your questions in a live forum. So please join us and bring on the questions! These chats will cover WSS, MOSS and the SharePoint 2010. Topics include setup and administration, design, development and general questions. There are two different times for the chats.  Both are listed below.  I’ll be in the one on Tuesday May 25th, but you’ll find lots of experts available both days.

Tue, May 25th, 2010

7pm EDT (4pm PDT)

Wed, May 26th, 2010

Noon EDT (9am PDT)

Join the chat room on the day of the chat:

URL: http://www.microsoft.com/communities/chats/chatrooms/msdn.aspx

SharePoint 2010 Design & Deployment Best Practices

Please join Gary LaPointe and me for the webinar entitled SharePoint 2010 Design & Deployment Best Practices, where we will outline various critical considerations and best practice strategies for the planning, design and deployment of SharePoint 2010.

The webinar will include live demonstrations and discussion of the following points:

  • The pros and cons of the different approaches to installing and configuring SharePoint 2010
  • Configuration Best Practices for SharePoint 2010 farms
  • The Services Architecture; dependencies, licensing and topologies
  • Information Architecture guidance for sizing, multilingual support, multi-tenancy, etc.
  • Using tools such as SharePoint Composer & SharePoint Maestro to plan, document, install and configure a SharePoint 2010 deployment
  • Avoiding common pitfalls

Whether you are new to SharePoint or upgrading from a previous version, you will gain an understanding of how to effectively implement SharePoint 2010 in accordance with best practices and gain insights into techniques and tools that mitigate the effort and risk associated with implementation.

Sign-Up for the Seminar here:

http://www.sharesquared.com/resources/Pages/SharePoint2010BestPractices.aspx

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Installing SharePoint 2010 RTM on Windows 7 x64

I’ve seen several messages on support forums lately about people having problems trying to install SharePoint 2010 RTM on top of Windows 7 x64 to create a development environment.  The problems seem to stem from changes that have been made to the custom installation sequence required since documentation was written for the BETA.  The Win7 Beta install instructions don’t work quite right for the RTM version.  Microsoft updated the instructions on Technet today (April 30th), but I think they can still be somewhat intimidating since the cover Win7, Vista, and VM installations.  So I thought I would boil them down to just a simple Win7 install and include pictures.  Here are the instructions I’ve tested.  Hope they help you.

Before you Install SharePoint

1. Install Windows 7 x64. Please Note: You can’t use either the K or KN edition (Korean)

2. Install the WCF Hotfix for Microsoft Windows (KB976462). The hotfix is available here: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=166231

3. Install the ADO.NET Data Services Update for .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 to enable REST (KB976127). It’s available here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=79d7f6f8-d6e9-4b8c-8640-17f89452148e&displaylang=en

4. Xcopy the SharePoint installation files from the DVD to a folder on your harddrive. If you downloaded them as an executable extract the files using the following command for SPF:

{path to EXE}\SharePoint.exe /extract:{subdirectory}

{path to EXE}\SharePoint.exe /extract:{subdirectory}

or this for SPS:

{path to EXE}\OfficeServer.exe /extract:{subdirectory}

5. Edit the installation configuration file called config.xml located in the \files\Setup\ folder under the subdirectory where you copied or extracted the setup files. Add the following line to the <Configuration> section:


<Setting Id="AllowWindowsClientInstall" Value="True" />

Note: These settings are Case Sensitive. Be very careful with your edits.

6. Install the following included prerequisite:

Microsoft FilterPack Beta – Found in the PrerequisiteInstallerFiles\FilterPack directory where you copied or extracted your files. Run FilterPack.msi

7. Download and install the following prerequisites:

8. Go to Control Panel > Programs and Features > Turn Windows features on or off and enable the following Windows 7 Features:

Win7Features

9. Restart Windows 7 to activate the new feature set.

Install SharePoint Foundation or SharePoint Server

10. To install SharePoint Server 2010 or SharePoint Foundation 2010, run Setup.exe from the folder where you extracted the files.

11. Accept the Microsoft Software License Terms.

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12. Choose an installation type. Standalone is the easiest and sufficient for many Developers. You will need a SQL server available if you choose to do a Server Farm install.

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13. Once the installation is complete, you are prompted to run the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard. Click the Close button to complete the installation and configure SharePoint.

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14. After a minute or two the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard will start. Click Next.

15. You will see a dialog box warning you that Windows 7 is not supported for production environments. Click OK

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16. Next you will see a dialog box warning you that some Services will be stopped. Click Yes.

17. You will see a dialog box with a progress bar. Wait for the installation to be complete.

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18. You should see a Configuration Successful dialog when the install is completed. Click Finish and SharePoint will launch the Central Admin website. You can now create additional SharePoint sites as needed and install your development tools.

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You can now create additional SharePoint sites as needed and install your development tools.

You can see the full instructions on Technet here:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee554869(office.14).aspx

SharePoint Q&A with the MVP Experts

MVP_FullColor_ForScreen Do you have tough technical questions regarding SharePoint for which you’re seeking answers? Do you want to tap into the deep knowledge of the talented Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals? Then join me and other SharePoint MVPs for answers to your questions in a live forum. So please join us and bring on the questions! These chats will cover WSS, MOSS and the SharePoint 2010. Topics include setup and administration, design, development and general questions. There are two different times for the chats.  Both are listed below.  I’ll be in the one on Wednesday April 28th, but you’ll find lots of experts available both days.

Tue, April 27th, 2010

7pm EDT (4pm PDT)

Wed, April 28th, 2010

Noon EDT (9am PDT)

Join the chat room on the day of the chat:

URL: http://www.microsoft.com/communities/chats/chatrooms/msdn.aspx