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Windows Server 2008 And SharePoint 2007 VPC -– A Step By Step Install Guide

Bellow is a step by step guide for creating Microsoft Virtual PC image for SharePoint 2007 development. The steps include configuration settings for creating Virtual PC machine & hard disk, installation & optimization of Windows 2008 and all development tools needed for development of SharePoint 2007. The step includes following tasks in order:

Bellow is more details on few important steps:

1. Prepare VPC – Create Virtual Hard disk & Virtual Machine & Install Windows Server 2008

I would recommend going through this article to install Windows Server 2008 using Virtual PC - http://blogs.technet.com/josebda/archive/2007/08/05/testing-windows-server-2008-using-virtual-pc-step-by-step.aspx - Testing Windows Server 2008 using Virtual PC (step-by-step)

This is a very good article on what options to select while creating virtual machine using the Microsoft Virtual PC. One change I strongly recommend is to use dynamic hard disk with hard disk size expandable up to 120GB. In dynamic hard disk you don’t need all 120GB space immediately and it will grow as needed. Max you can select is 130GB.

2. Run Windows Updates & select option for update from other products

Click at Get updates for more products. A new windows will open. Scroll down and accept the terms and click at install.

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2. Convert your Windows Server 2008 to a Workstation -

http://www.win2008workstation.com/wordpress/

This website has great tips and I recommend these changes - Installation, Drivers, Wireless Networking, New User, Auto Logon, Shutdown Tracker, Ctrl+Alt+Del, Computer name, Performance, Internet Explorer Enhanced Security.

You may also want to follow these pages too but will cost some performance - Themes, SideBar with Custom Gadgets, Aero Cursors and Thumbnails, SuperFetch & Delay Activation.

3. Add Web Server IIS Role

Run Start->Programs->Administrative Tools->Server Manager. Then click on Add Role and 

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4. Installing SQL Server 2005 on Windows Server 2008 -

The key is you must install the KB 950636 hotfix before installing SQL Server 2005.

http://www.codersbarn.com/post/2008/08/09/SQL-Server-2005-on-Windows-Server-2008.aspx

If you planning to install SQL Server 2005 Reporting Service also then you will need to install IIS6 compatibility features as well. Go through this article for exact details - Installing SQL Server 2005 Reporting Service on IIS 7  - http://igregor.net/post/2008/01/Installing-SQL-Server-2005-Reporting-Service-on-IIS-7.aspx 

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You will also need to provisioning the admin user.

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