So, it’s been almost 12 hours since the massive release of Microsoft beta software today. Of course, most people are focused on the consumer preview of Windows 8, but I wanted to take a look at Windows Server 8 Beta, also released today. Specifically, I wanted to see if there were any hints towards what may arrive in SharePoint 2013.
I’ll probably get back to what I found related to SharePoint 2013 in a later post, but I just wanted to show that it is possible to run SharePoint 2010 on Windows Server 8 Beta.
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You may not be very impressed with this. After all, it’s just installing, right? No, I’m afraid you are terribly, terribly wrong. I started installing Windows Server 8 Beta at around 1700 CET yesterday, and right now it’s exactly 10 hours later. I spent that whole time getting everything working and took the above screenshot just a couple of minutes ago.
I’ll see if I can post a complete walkthrough on how to get SharePoint 2010 installed, but don’t even start unless you’re able to build a console application, manually install and configure all SharePoint 2010 pre-requisites, and do some hand crafting of web.config files. Oh, and you should know your way around configuring IIS too, particularly how to set up and work with ASP.NET.
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