Planning for SharePoint 2010
Posted by workerthread on May 13, 2009
So, lots of discussion in the SharePoint community following this post from the Microsoft SharePoint Team on preliminary system requirements for SharePoint Server 2010.
We’ve known for quite a while now that the next release of SharePoint will be 64-bit only. The new and interesting information is:
It will require 64-bit Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2. In other words, you won’t be able to use Windows Server 2003, even if it is a 64-bit version.
It will also require 64-bit SQL Server, either 2008 or 2005. In fact Microsoft best practice suggests that in a SharePoint farm, the SQL Server boxes should be the first candidate for 64-bit technology anyway, but this certainly gives you more reason to go 64-bit.
Now it’s worth bearing in mind we are talking about a product version which isn’t even in a full beta yet, so it’s going to be a while before real deployments (probably second half of 2010 for those pioneers who aren’t afraid of arrows). But the points covered in the post should certainly be taken into consideration, particularly if you are in the planning stage and looking at hardware and software selection. Also Microsoft are promising a much easier upgrade path this time, which is why they’ve put the Upgrade Checker into Service Pack 2.
If you are investigating 64-bit now, I would recommend taking a look at the Combined Knowledge whitepaper on how to move MOSS2007 from 32-bit to 64-bit which you can download from here (lots of other good downloads there as well).
You might also be interested in best practices for using virtualisation technologies in a SharePoint farm. If so, let me point you to the set of Best Practice for Virtualizing SharePoint articles from Brian Wilson of the Microsoft UK SharePoint team.
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