Finally we are able to develop MOSS on Vista!

Developing SharePoint solutions on a virtual machine has always been a pain personally, my laptop has 2GB of RAM so running MOSS and Visual Studio on a virtual machine with 1GB of RAM has always been a problem.

I have always hoped that sometime soon I’ll be able to install SharePoint on my native Vista installation and enjoy full CPU, Hard Drive and RAM on my machine.

Well finally that day has arrived! Well not quite there are some limitations but Bamboo Solutions has come up with a product that makes some great steps towards achieving this.

The limitations are:

  • You need to do an advanced install.
  • You need to install SQL Express first if you want to use it.
  • You need to do some IIS7 configuration to get it working.
  • And my main problem, your workstation needs to be part of a domain.

I don’t normally connect my dev laptop to a domain as I mostly use it disconnected and as I don’t work for one company I would need to have lots of different profiles for each domain account.

Apart from these small drawbacks I think this is definitely the way to go in terms of MOSS development so go download and check it out!

2 thoughts on “Finally we are able to develop MOSS on Vista!

  1. Hello Lee,

    I wanted to send you a quick note to thank you for your trackback to the Bamboo Team Blog, and for helping to spread the word of Jonas’s “little hack” for running WSS (and MOSS) on Vista.

    We’re just now beginning to really ramp up our Bamboo Nation community site (we just launched forums last week), so we’re very appreciative of recognition from SharePoint bloggers such as yourself.

    John Anderson
    Manager of Content & Syndication

  2. Hi Lee,

    I’ve successfully installed WSS3.0 on the Visa Home Premium 32bit SP2 with the installer provided on bamboo solutions. Now I’m attempting to install MOSS 3.0 on same machine. As per the instructions provided by bamboo solutions, I actioned the following :
    (1) Deleted xtracted folder from “C:\Users\Neens\AppData\Local\Temp\xtracted ”
    (2) Installed OfficeServer.exe which is a slipstream version of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 with SP1. Renamed OfficeServer.exe to SharePoint.exe
    (3) Ran SetupLauncher.exe, which extracted files to “C:\Users\Neens\AppData\Local\Temp\xtracted”

    When the setup was then initiated, an error

    Setup is unable to proceed due to the following error :
    Correct the issue listed above and re-run setup.

    Please, kindly help.

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