Installing SharePoint Foundation 2010
What You'll Learn in This Hour
- Making some amendments to the operating system
- Installing SPF 2010 in the simplest possible way
For those of you without access to SharePoint Foundation 2010 (or SharePoint Server 2010) systems to work through this book, this hour shows how to install SharePoint Foundation 2010 (SPF 2010).
You can, for instance, use a regular portable running Windows 7 if you have one that preferably has 4GB of main memory. You can install in that VM Workstation to keep the SPF 2010 system completely separate from your normal usage of that portable.
Those of you with access to SPF 2010/SPS 2010 might still prefer to set up your own machine because that will ensure that you can follow the sections that require Administrator permissions, which some of you won't have in your company systems.
Knowing Which Computer Type You Need to Install SharePoint Foundation 2010
As explained in Hour 1, "Introducing SharePoint Foundation 2010," SPF 2010 installs only in a 64-bit machine running a 64-bit operating system. That operating system can either be a 64-bit version of Windows 7 (any version including Home Premium) or a particular 64-bit version of Windows Server 2008. (The choices are Windows Server 2008 including Service Pack 1 or Windows Server 2008 R2.)
The operating system can either be run native or in a VM. If run in a VM, the VM software must support the installation of a 64-bit operating system.
SPF 2010 requires much less memory than SPS 2010. It can easily install in 1GB and can run reasonably in that amount of memory. If running in a VM on a portable that has 2GB memory, don't assign much more than 1GB to the VM. If running in a VM on a portable with 4GB memory, you can assign 2GB to SPF 2010. Much more memory than 2GB probably won't have much effect on the basic test installation created in this hour.
Client systems can, within reason, be anything. Most Windows operating systems from XPPro upward (Vista and Windows 7 at the time of this writing) work fine. Intel Macs also work, but you cannot apply any of the chapters on the interaction between Office and SPF 2010 (or the hours on SPD 2010 and SPF 2010) unless you have a second VM running under the Mac alongside the VM running SPF 2010 (or unless you add all the client software to that single SPF 2010 VM, which isn't a good idea).