Andrew Connell

So what's on your SharePoint development machine?

Occasionally I get a comment from someone who hit an old page on my blog called What’s on My PC… an oldie that others were doing at the time. In the last few weeks I’ve been hit by a higher than normal amount of these in part due to my Setting up your SharePoint development environment post at the end of August. After migrating my virtualization rig to Hyper-V last week, I build out a brand new clean SharePoint development machine. So I figured I’d document what’s on my primary SharePoint development virtual machine… your mileage may vary but the following is what I roll with on my virtual machines:

Windows, Database, Office SharePoint Server & Office Clients

First off I need to install all the basic stuff I’ll need to run SharePoint & do development:

  • Windows Server 2008 (going with the x64 flavor so I can run a glorious 4GB in my VM all the time… ah… the joys of a monster box)
  • SQL Server 2008
  • MOSS 2007 +SP1 +Infrastructure Updates
  • Office 2007 Clients (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook) +SP1
  • Office SharePoint Designer 2007 +SP1
  • Visual Studio 2008 +SP1

All along the way, create snapshots so you can jump around if necessary:

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Development, debugging & General Tools / Utilities

I like to add a bunch of utilities to my development machine, most free but a few aren’t so free (in no particular order):

Andrew Connell
Founder & Chief Course Artisan, Voitanos LLC. | Microsoft MVP
Written by Andrew Connell

Andrew Connell is a web developer with a focus on Microsoft Azure & Microsoft 365. He’s received Microsoft’s MVP award every year since 2005 and has helped thousands of developers through the various courses he’s authored & taught. Andrew’s the founder of Voitanos and is dedicated to delivering industry-leading on-demand video training to professional developers. He lives with his wife & two kids in Florida.