SharePoint 2010 Developer Workstation with Windows 7

Slalom Consultant Marc Schuricht

Slalom Consultant Marc Schuricht is a Denver based software Solution Architect with over 12 years of professional experience in IT projects ranging from configuration and change management to custom enterprise application development.

There are several blogs about this topic also, but I thought I could add my $0.02 here after hitting a couple of stumbling blocks this afternoon.  I will be referencing the steps outlined here: Setting Up the Development Environment for SharePoint Server.

Step 1: Choose and Pre-configure the Operating System

I know, I know, it’s redundant, but it is still the truth and there is no way to fake it.  Your OS must be x64 and no N/KN builds.  Also, to avoid digging through massive maddening log files later, make sure that you have at least SQL Server 2008 version 10.00.2437.00.  Anything earlier than this build won’t work.  BTW…with SQL Server 2008 R2, you are automatically there.

Step 2: Install the Prerequisites for SharePoint 2010

This MSDN article explains how you can use the extract command to get this to work.  Alternatively, you can run the .exe here and it will automatically extract all of the files to c:\Program Files (x86)\MSECache\oserver2010.  This is important because one of the prerequisites (Microsoft FilterPack 2.0) must be installed from the extracted package.  I tried using a utility to perform the extraction (WinRAR); save yourself the headache as it will extract the files, but won’t respect the internal folder structure of the compressed file.  The full list of prerequisites, in order, are listed here:

Pre-Requisite Windows 7 Windows Vista Notes
.NET Framework 3.5 SP1 X
Windows PowerShell 2.0 CTP3 x64 X
Windows Installer 4.5 Redistributable X
Microsoft FilterPack 2.0 X X Can be found in the extracted files in .\PrerequisiteInstallerFiles\FilterPack\FilterPack.msi
Microsoft Sync Framework X X
SQL Server Native Client X X
Microsoft Geneva Framework Beta 1 Runtime for x64 X X
ADO.NET Data Services v1.5, X X which is required to support the REST service that is available at http://localhost/_vti_bin/ListData.svc. Choose the Runtime Only installer.
Chart Controls X X (this is not required if you are going to install SharePoint Foundation 2010).
SQL Server Analysis Services – ADOMD.Net X X (this is not required if you are going to install SharePoint Foundation 2010).

Step 3: Install SharePoint 2010

Two tips here:

1. Make sure you run setup.exe from the extracted files location.

2. Don’t run the prerequisite installer; this has already been done manually in the steps above.

That’s it.  Other than installing VS2010, but that should be relatively simple.

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