Title: Installing SharePoint 2010 Beta
Preface: I failed trying to install SharePoint 2010 Beta more than 8 times and finally I was able to do it today. Here is what I did so far and finally what worked out. Installing it on a Windows 7 or Vista OS targetting developer user is no brainer. Simply follow this link and I was able to do it first time. However, my motto is to install it on a Virtual Machine ( VMWare ). So, I started with VMWare 7.0 with 4 core, 4GB RAM, 60GB HDD etc to begin with. I tried to install on both Windows Server 2008 Ent x64 and Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 versions. And when ever I tried to install with pre requisite setup etc, never been successful. Below are few errors I faced ( not all included ).
#1 Application Server Role: Web Server (IIS) Role: configuration error
#2 pending restart of the computer.
References: Though I was unsuccesful installing it, these are great resources to follow and give ultimate information.
Sahil Malik's Blog
Jie Li's Blog
Finally: I went back to basics... ( my VM settings are same as mentioned above, no changes )
Step #1 Installed Windows 2008 Server 'Standard' Edition and ran the windows updates ( including SP2 ).
Step #2 Installed KB971831
Step #3 Ran the pre-req tool ( ran successful )
Step #4 Installed SPS 2010 > Chose Server Farm and chose StandAlone ( this would install SQL express 2008 )
Step #5 Installed Office Professional 2010
Step #6 Installed SharePoint Designer 2010
Step #7 Installed Visual Studio 2010 Beta
Step #8 Installed SQL Server Management Studio 2008
Step #9 Ran the Windows Update once again
Step #10 Take a snapshot