by Hugo Häggmark
2010-11-15 Script file updated
This blog post has been updated after feedback from my colleagues Markus Ahlstrand and Johan Leino, thanks you guys! The original blog post contained 1 error and needed 2 clarifications and 1 refinement, all updated content is highlighted below.
I’ve worked a lot with SharePoint development during the last 3 years and before SharePoint 2010 you could use Virtual PC to create your development environment. But as you might know a SharePoint 2010 development environment has to be on an x64-bit environment as described in this article “Setting up the Development Environment for SharePoint 2010…”
So this left me with some alternatives:
I chose the bootable VHD option because I love the feel of Windows 7 and the rich features that Windows 7 gives the end user. On the other side I need the flexibility to start my SharePoint 2010 box when I need that with (almost) no performance loss.
There’s a lot of blogs out there that describe how to create a bootable VHD and so I will not list them here but I will give you a nice automated head start (without MB’s of download).
In the linked CreateBootableVHD_v2.zip you will find two files:
The following steps are provided with a “works on my box” guarantee.
Before I show you how to use the CreateBootableVHD.bat file there is 2 important concepts that you need to know:
_ Ex: .\CreateBootableVHD_v2.bat C:\VHD\W2k8.vhd 40000 FIXED X F:\sources\install.wim _
To show an actual example here is a snapshot from my latest run:
After 30-60 minutes depending on the size of the VHD and your hardware you’ll have a new boot option.
Hope you enjoy the script.
Hugotags: Bootable VHD - Development Environment - SharePoint