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Article – Setting up a SharePoint 2010 environment for try-outs or development – Part II – Windows Server or Windows 7?

In the previous article we discussed the different deployment options we do have with SharePoint 2010. The best part is all of those options give us again to select either server operating system or a client operating system as the underlying operating system to deploy SharePoint 2010.

WSS 3.0 or MOSS 2007 didn’t support client operating systems such as Windows XP or Windows Vista. Lot of developers dropped the idea of testing the product right after they hear that we need a server operating system to install SharePoint. SharePoint 2010 supports installing in both Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 and Windows 7. This is a huge step in the SharePoint history and we can easily get started without having to format or install existing systems. Isn’t it awesome?

The best part is its not limited to SharePoint Foundation 2010 which is free and equivalent to WSS 3.0 and it also supports installing SharePoint Server 2010 Standard and Enterprise as well.

However, I have seen that capabilities of SharePoint 2010 get limited/ trimmed when you install on a client operating system and I recommend to always go for Windows Server 2008 instead of a client operating system. Following are few points which you may consider before choosing a client operating system such as Windows Vista or Windows 7. Going forward I may refer as client operating systems and it refers to both Windows Visa and Widows 7 and remember SharePoint 2010 doesn’t support Windows XP at all.

  • Client operating systems support only Stand-alone mode of the installation. Which means you will not be able to setup a Farm. Whatever the features available for farm installation will not be available when you go for stand-alone.
  • Client operating systems doesn’t support using a full-blown version of SQL Server. It uses SQL Server Express edition as the database and it has a 4 GB database limit which will exceed very soon. Even if you install SharePoint Server, it still uses SQL Server Express.
  • Everything will be configures using a system account or network service account.
  • Definitely there is a feature drop. This is something you should keep highlighted while selecting a client operating system.
  • Some nice add-on products such as Office Web Applications, PowerPivot, etc… will not be able to install on client operating systems just because they need Active Directory integrated installation of SharePoint.
  • More interesting point is, Windows Vista and Windows 7 requires lot of resources compared to Windows Server 2008 R2 and you may want to consider this if you have very limited hardware resources.

Above list is not even close to the complete list of the differences between installing SharePoint 2010 on a client operating system and a server operating system. But this list is more than enough for you to easily go for Windows Server instead of client operating systems.

Let’s enjoy unlimited, zero restricted set of features of SharePoint 2010 with Windows Server family.

Posted by Joy

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