Whew! Today was a big day here in Los Angeles. It started off with the keynote. A lot things were shown and talked about, but I'm not going to cover any of the non SharePoint content. The big news for us was the release of the software and hardware requirements for SharePoint 2010. This was also echoed on the SharePoint Team Blog by Rich Riley. It breaks down to this:
- SharePoint 2010 will be 64-bit only.
- SharePoint 2010 will require Windows 2008 or Windows 2008 R2
- SharePoint 2010 will require 64-bit SQL 2008 or 64-bit SQL 2005
We already knew #1, that's been on the street Since November of 2007. The last two points were new information. If you've gone to any sessions I've done in the last year you know I've been telling people to move to 64-bit now as well as Windows 2008. It's more important now than ever. You should up to speed on both of them now so that when the public betas of SharePoint 2010 come out you'll be ready to drop it into your environment and start playing with it. Don't forget your development and test environments will also be held to these requirements. If your developers are developing in virtual environments they'll need to be able to virtualize 64 bit guests to play with SharePoint 2010.
Rich also mentioned that Internet Explorer will not be supported in SharePoint 2010. The Tier 1 browsers will be IE 7, IE 8 and Firefox 3.x on Windows platforms. SharePoint 2010 will also support Firefox 3.x and Safari 3.x on non-Windows OSes. For those of you with large installations running IE 6, you'll need to start looking at upgrading your desktops as well.
Shane and I recorded a short video for TechEd Online. It should be up under TechTalks under the Office and SharePoint channel. Once it's published I'll try to get a direct link. In it we covered some common SharePoint installation problems we see and how to avoid them. It's good information for both the new and seasoned SharePoint administrator.
Some of you have probably noticed there's new netcast this week. Never fear, I haven't given up on them. Two things have gotten in the way. First, I've been pretty busy talking to attendees and vendors. Second, I'm losing my voice. L I've caught a bit of a cold and I can hardly talk. It wouldn't make for a very good netcast right now. Hopefully my voice will improve over the next couple of days. I apologize ahead of them to anyone sitting in on my sessions this week.
Finally, the folks at Idera sponsored a book signing tonight at their booth. It was a blast. Thanks to all the people that stopped by. It was great talking to everyone.
It's late and I need to get to sleep. I've got a big day ahead of me tomorrow. Hopefully my voice comes back. I'll try to post updates to Twitter. You can also search using the hashtag #teched.