With the release of SharePoint Server 2010 beta 2, everyone wants to create their own virtual machine. However between a few hotfixes and other stuff, it may not be the most straightforward process. We at Critical Path Training have created a complete setup guide that helps you get your own environment setup. It includes the following:
- Setting up a Windows Server 2008 R2 OS*
- Setting up Active Directory and DNS
- Setting up SQL Server 2008*
- Setting up and configuring SharePoint Server 2010 Beta 2
- Setting up and configuring Office 2010 Pro Plus Beta 2
- Setting up and configuring Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2
Our guide walks you though each step in a ton of detail complete with screenshots along the way. Like I said, there’s tons of detail… over 40pgs worth of helpful instructions! You don’t even need licenses for things like Windows Server 2008 or SQL Server… we show you where to get the trial / evaluation editions of these products. Of course, you’re free to use your own keys and if you like.
This guide is provided for free from the members only section of our site. Login (or first create your free account) at Critical Path Training and click on the Members link in the primary navigation (it isn’t there when you aren’t logged in). From there you can access all our members-only content including this document (located under the articles section titled SharePoint Server Beta 2 Virtual Machine Setup Guide).