Microsoft recently released official announcement for SharePoint Server 2010 preliminary system requirements – http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint/archive/2009/05/07/announcing-sharepoint-server-2010-preliminary-system-requirements.aspx
Here is the quick overview of these requirements and what it means for the customers who wants to adapt the technology and how to prepare current MOSS environment to upgrade to the SharePoint2010.
- Hardware – SharePoint Server 2010 will be 64-bit only.
- Operating System – SharePoint Server 2010 will require 64-bit Windows Server 2008 or 64-bit Windows Server 2008 R2. It means you won’t able to install on the Windows Server 2003 and it will not support 32-bit operating system.
- SQL Server Support – SharePoint Server 2010 will require 64-bit SQL Server 2008 or 64-bit SQL Server 2005 to improve the performance and scalability of the SharePoint farm. It means you won’t able to install on the SQL Server 2000 and it will not support 32-bit SQL Server.
- Virtualization – Virtual environment requires 64 bit Guest Operating systems.
- Browser Support – Tier 1 browser support will be for Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 3.x. running on Windows Operating Systems to author the contents. Internet Explorer 6 is NOT one of the supported browser for SharePoint Server 2010 to author the content. In other words, users using IE 6 can access the SharePoint sites but they won’t able to author the publishing contents. Make sure your organization browsers are upgraded to IE 7 or later.
In short, Microsoft is going 64 bit across the board. Make sure your environment is prepared for future migration to SharePoint 2010.
- Upgrade 32-bit hardware server farm to the 64-bit hardware
- Upgrade from Windows Server 2003 or 32bit Windows Server 2008 to the 64bit Windows Server 2008
- Upgrade from SQL Server 2000, 32bit SQL Server 2005 to the 64bit SQL Server 2005 or 64bit SQL Server 2008
- Upgrade MOSS and WSS environments with latest service packs and patches (SP2 released as of writing this blog)
- Upgrade browsers to the IE 7 or higher – Run SharePoint 2010 Upgrade Checker released part of the MOSS and WSS SP2