In this three part posting I will demonstrate the steps I followed to build out a SharePoint 2007 development environment. If you follow the steps closely you’ll end up with a solid virtual server that you can clone and re-use as necessary. Note that you can now build using 64 bit since Microsoft Visual Studio Extensions for SharePoint are now 64 bit compatible.
VMWare Workstation V 6.5 (You can also use VMWare Server)
Windows Server 2008 Standard or Enterprise (32 or 64 Bit)
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007
Visual Studio 2008
Install Windows Server 2008 on VMware
Create a new Virtual Machine, be sure to choose the custom option so you can specify the type of virtual disk you will employ
I have since increased my allocated memory to 5 GB.
Allocate plenty of space, if you don’t you’ll have to use GParted to expand the disk later.
Ulysses Ludwig is a SharePoint architect with over 16 years in the IT and computer industry. Ulysses' primary focus is SharePoint but he dabbles in the latest web technologies and likes to develop software in his spare time.
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