Sharepoint 2010 Server virtualized

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I am being asked to research Sharepoint 2010 Server.

What are the benefits of have a sharepoint server?

What are the hardware specs?

Can I virtualize sharepoint server?

How many servers do I need for installation?

What other software do I need to go with Sharepoint server?
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1.What are the benefits of have a sharepoint server?

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 makes it easier for people to work together. Using SharePoint 2010, your people can set up Web sites to share information with others, manage documents from start to finish, and publish reports to help everyone make better decisions. Faster access to documents, and workflow for your organisation.

http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/en-us/pages/default.aspx

2.What are the hardware specs?

You need to scale your Sharepoint Server to how many concurrent users are going to access, it, but essentially, it's a Web Server with SQL, so scale accordingly.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262485.aspx

3.Can I virtualize sharepoint server?

Yes, you can virtualize Sharepoint Servers.

4. How many servers do I need for installation?

Depends on whether you are going to virtualize, and how many users are in your organization, that are going to use the service concurrently.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262485.aspx

5. What other software do I need to go with Sharepoint server?

Microsoft Operating System
Sharepoint Server 2010
Microsoft Office

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1. We have projects that will be starting soon that will include several departments and external contractors working together and to be able to share and retrieve information.This sounds like the solution we are looking for.

3. When virtualizing, do I still need to build with the same specs as if it was a physical machine?

4. I am estimating about 25 users to start off using  sharepoint the eventually bringing it online for everyone in our cooperative, about 150 users.  How many servers would you recommend?

5. Do I need to purchase SQL 2008 server software or would I be able to SQL express 2008? Would I need Microsoft office on the server or was this for the end users?

I am currently ilooking to purchase some Microsoft Project licenses. How does Project work with Sharepoint?
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1. very good.

3. Same specification should be applied to build.

4. This could be considered a small deployment of 25 users, but I've not idea, how you users work. I would suggest consulting the following design guide. Certainly 1 server at first, minimum 8GB RAM, Server 2008 R2 64 bit.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc298801.aspx

5. Again SQL Express 2008 is limited to a max of 4GB db, you need to think about scales, whether to install SQL database on the sharepoint server or a seprate server with the SQL database recommendedd, see http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc298801.aspx for design.

6. Project, integrates very well - http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/project-help/use-project-with-sharepoint-HA101805393.aspx (and so does Microsoft Project Server)
benefit to virtualize sharepoint 2010: 1. cost 2. redandency 3. reliabilty
yes, all the sharepoint and SQL DB servers can be virtualized.
server numbers: 2-5 servers, depends on work loading.

2 servers model: one Sharepoint/Front End server, one SQL DB server.
the  F/E server -2vCPU 4GB Memory 32+100G thin vDisks.
SQL DB server-2vCPU 16GB memory(at least 4pre-reservered RAM), 32+40(program)+200(SQLDB)+50(SQLlog)
all disks can be thin provisioning, size can be increased any time
OS: Win2008 R2 STD  SQL: 2008R2 STD

5 server model: two sharepoint Front/End servers on the sharepoint farm, Two SQL servers with SQL Database mirroring, one SQL witness server
OS: all with Windws 2008 R2 STD
SQL: 2008R2 Enterprise, witness SQL server: SQL 2008R2 express
Primary F/E server: 2CPU 4GRAM , 2nd F/E server 1CPU 2GRAM
SQL server 2CPU 8-16GB RAM, SQL witness 1CPU 2GB memroy

you only nees sharepoint 2010 and SQL 2008R2 -- all other plug-in or required components you can download from MS

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Is there a how to for this process?

For the OS can you use Win 2008 SP2 or do you need R2?

What do you mean by 32+40(program)+200(SQLDB)+50(SQLlog), is this the size of the HDs?
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You can use Win2k8 just make sure its 64bit so you can take advantage of above 4gb RAM.

Those are sizes of virtual disks.
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here is a step by step guide including setting up the virtual machine

http://mosshowto.blogspot.com/2009/11/installing-sharepoint-2010-windows-2008.html

But you may want to consider an Office365 solution from Microsoft! hosted in the cloud.

No servers to setup, no os or sharepoint to purchase, scale up and down, and just pay per user!

30 day trials available!

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The FE Server will that reside inside the network or in a DMZ.

If I am going to have external users it should probably be in the DMZ.

Would Sharepoint work within this environment?
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its a bit vague. but that current snapshot seems to have enough resource.

but before you do anything you need a plan.

1. Proof of Concept
2. Implementation and Test
3. Production with 5 users, and scale up over a number of weeks.

otherwise you will have issues, and your users expectations and respect of the project will be hampered.
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Yes front end servers can be in the DMZ, see the following links for design guides

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/forums/en-US/sharepointadmin/thread/1b32de44-681c-4496-bd63-c894cf591cc8
both F/E and SQL can be in DMZ, if you want them to be in a separated domain, you may need to have a domain controller server in DMZ as well,

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Thank you for the advice.

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