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Problem: Installing SharePoint Or Setting up a Dev Environment for writing SharePoint applications. (Install SharePoint directly onto your machine running Windows 7 64bit). The downside to installing it on your Windows 7 box is that it requires a steep learning curve to understand how to setup and install all of the bits and pieces to have a full SharePoint developer environment. This is where the Easy Setup Script comes in. The goal of the Easy Setup Script is to reduce the learning curve and time for a casual developer to get started.

Solution: We are addressing this problem by providing you a SharePoint 2010 Easy Setup Scrip that automates this process. *ta da* :)

How: In order to make this easy Our Resident SharePoint experts have created a series of PowerShell Scripts that automate the entire process. Of course, these scripts are highly configurable and can be tweaked to make it more customized. But right out of the bat,

- They will download and install all of the Required Software (Including Pre-Req’s)

- Install and download all of the SharePoint Pre-Req’s

-Install other software such as Visual Studio and Office

-Of course, this script will also install and configure SharePoint 2010

-and finally, it will provision a site for you to work with.

Please note that this script will download evaluation copies of the products it installs (or use fully licensed product bits you supply), install them either locally or in a user supplied Windows 7 VHD & set that VHD up for duel boot using the Windows 7 VHD native boot feature.

In case you are wondering about what specific software will be installed, here’s a list:

  • SharePoint Server 2010 + pre-requisites (Standalone)
    • Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate Edition
    • Silverlight 4 Tools for Visual Studio
    • Expression Studio 4 Ultimate
    • Open XML SDK
    • Visual Studio SDK
    • Visual Studio SharePoint Power Tools
    • Office 2010 Professional Plus
    • SharePoint Designer 2010
    • Visio 2010

    Also to help you visualize what’s happening, here’s the Easy Setup Script Process Flow…

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    To begin Download the Script 

    As soon as you download and install you will be presented with this screen…

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    If this is not an option, do try out the Information Worker VHD – This has everything Setup and Configured but of course to use this VHD you will need a machine capable of running Hyper-V and it should have at least 8 GB RAM.

    Alternatively, you can remote desktop into a hosted instance of SharePoint. But this is not the most desired solution for developers…

    Here’s a really useful presentation to understand what’s going on…you get this from the script.

    Fore more updates, follow Chris Johnson’s and Paul Stubb’s blogs on MSDN. They are our resident experts and SharePoint evangelists.

    And as always, if you have specific questions – feel free to email me. I modified the Config file and installed SharePoint 2010 using the Easy Setup Script.

    -Mithun Dhar