Saturday, July 3, 2010

SharePoint 2010 Virtual Machine for Evaluation

Virtual Machine running Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, OCS, Web Applications, FAST Search, Project Server, Project Pro Plus 2010, Visio, Project, SQL Server 2008 R2 and Exchange Server 2010 were published by Microsoft. This download contains a two Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Virtual Machine set for evaluating and demonstrating Office 2010, SharePoint 2010 and Project Server 2010 – including ECM and PerformancePoint Services

Active directory has been preconfigured with over 200 “demo” users with metadata in an organizational structure. All of these user profiles have been imported and indexed for search within SharePoint Server 2010.

SharePoint Server 2010 has been configured in a “Complete” farm using the default SQL Server 2008 R2 instance. A default site has been created using the Team Site template at and a FAST Search Center at

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Virtual machine “a” contains the following pre-configured software:
  1. Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Evaluation Edition x64, running as an Active Directory Domain Controller for the “CONTOSO.COM” domain with DNS and WINS
  2. Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition with Analysis, Notification, and Reporting Services
  3. Microsoft Office Communication Server 2007 R2
  4. Microsoft Visual Studio 2010
  5. Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Edition
  6. Microsoft Office Web Applications
  7. Microsoft FAST Search for SharePoint 2010
  8. Microsoft Project Server 2010
  9. Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010
  10. Microsoft Visio 2010
  11. Microsoft Project 2010
  12. Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2
Virtual machine “b” contains the following pre-configured software:
  1. Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Evaluation Edition x64, joined to the “CONTOSO.COM” domain
  2. Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

SharePoint 2010 Virtual Labs

We know SharePoint 2010 is a very advanced product in terms of features, capabilities and infrastructure etc. In this scenarios setting up an environment for ourselves is a difficult process atleaset to evaluate the product.

Eventhough now we can install SharePoint 2010 in Windows 7 & Server 2008 they need to be X-64 bit. Upgrading our machines accordingly might involve some investment. So now we have a Virtual labs provided by Microsoft to evaluate the features listed below.

It's our turn to to explore and update to new technologies provided by SharePoint 2010.
Test drive SharePoint 2010 in a Virtual lab. Take part and see how Microsoft Office SharePoint Server supports all intranet, extranet, and Web applications across an enterprise within one integrated platform.

Virtual labs cover the following:
  • MSDN Virtual Lab: Client Object Model
  • MSDN Virtual Lab: Customizing MySites
  • MSDN Virtual Lab: Designing Lists and Schemas 
  • MSDN Virtual Lab: Developing a BCS External Content Type with Visual Studio 2010 
  • MSDN Virtual Lab: Developing a Sandboxed Solution with Web Parts 
  • MSDN Virtual Lab: Developing a Visual Web Part in Visual Studio 2010 
  • MSDN Virtual Lab: Developing Business Intelligence Applications 
  • MSDN Virtual Lab: Enterprise Content Management 
  • MSDN Virtual Lab: Getting Started with SharePoint 2010 
  • MSDN Virtual Lab: LINQ to SharePoint 2010 
  • MSDN Virtual Lab: SharePoint 2010 User Interface Advancements 
  • MSDN Virtual Lab: Visual Studio SharePoint Tools 
  • MSDN Virtual Lab: WorkflowMSDN Virtual Lab: Workflow