Lessons Learned from VMWare – SharePoint Stand Alone Machine

Main points when you’re starting a VM using an ESX server, SharePoint 2007 WILL NOT INSTALL if it does not have at least 1GB memory allocated to it.

It will fail over step 8 of 12 in the Configuration Wizard.

If you get an error stating that “failed to create sample data”, you need to update Component Services.

To do this, configure the security settings for the Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator (DTC) to use the Allow Remote Clients setting. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Component Services.
  2. In the left pane of the Component Services snap-in, expand Component Services, and then expand Computers.
  3. Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
  4. Click the MSDTC tab, and then click Security Configuration under Transaction Configuration.
  5. Under Security Settings, click to select the Network DTC Access check box, if it is not already selected. Then, click to select the Allow Remote Clients check box
  6. Click OK.
  7. When you receive the message that states that the DTC service will be stopped and restarted, click Yes to confirm that you want to continue.
  8. Click OK when you receive the message that the DTC service was restarted.
  9. Click OK

I would recommend that you install SQL Server 2005 as a dedicated server too, the integrated SQL Express 2005 edition may be great for a small demo environment, but if you want to scale it up, it’s a nightmare to deal with.

Make sure at each step, WS2003 install, SQL Server and SharePoint that you run Windows Update, even in a Development area.

Alternatively, use Microsoft’s VHD images that they have on offer, at current time of writing, the image is AOK until Jan 2010 if you licence it. See this great blog for more information. http://www.zimbio.com/SQL/articles/1450/Test+drive+SharePoint+2007+PC+win03_moss+vhd

Toodle pips folks.

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