SharePoint 2010 Operating Systems

It sounds like there’s still a bit of confusion about which O/S platforms will be supported for the forth-coming SharePoint 2010.

The basic answer is “NO” to Windows Server 2003 – and also “NO” to any 32-bit platforms.   

AND – the new developer story is for Windows Vista and Windows 7 – again, 64-bit only.

The official list of system requirements for SharePoint 2010 is located here.

The following is from the the Microsoft SharePoint Team blog :

Windows version/edition (64 bit only)

SharePoint 2010 support

Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation

No

Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard

Yes

Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise

Yes

Windows Server 2008 R2 Data Center

Yes

Windows Web Server 2008 R2

No

Windows HPC Server 2008

No

Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based systems

No

Windows Server 2008 Standard

Yes

Windows Server 2008 Enterprise

Yes

Windows Server 2008 Data Center

Yes

Windows Web Server 2008

No

Windows Storage Server 2008

No

Windows Small Business Server 2008

Yes

Windows Essential Business Server 2008

Yes

Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based systems

No

Windows Server 2008 Foundation

No

Windows Vista

Developer-only**

Windows 7

Developer-only**

** Support for specific editions of Windows 7/Vista are yet to be finalized, but are likely to be ‘Business’/’Professional’ editions and above.

My choice from the above list would be Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise – it could be interesting to see some stats & number of what platform people are using.

…and would be interesting to also generate a pie chart for “virtualization platform” – how are you running your new SharePoint 2010 environment ??     HyperV, other (non-Microsoft) VM, boot-from-VHD, Windows-7, etc ?

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