Sharepoint 2010 vs Webpage intranet

I am looking to replace our local intranet with Microsoft Sharepoint and was wondering if I could get some feedback on this because I have never used sharepoint before.  Just wondering if a lot of people are using Sharepoint and maybe some things to consider.
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HBMIAuthor Commented:
Also does it work well within VMWARE?
Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE)Microsoft MVP ExcelCommented:

Yes, SharePoint is used by many companies to serve their intranet.

For SharePoint 2010 you have several options with regards to licensing. SharePoint 2010 Foundation is free, but has fewer features than the Server versions.

You need a Windows 2008 OS server to run SharePoint on, and yes, it does work with a VM.

For an overview of what is required and what you need to plan for, check out

SharePoint Foundation:
SharePoint Server:

Here is a complete toolset to prepare for a Published Intranet with SharePoint Server 2010

Even if you may end up using SharePoint Foundation (which does not have the Publishing Feature), a great number of the planning steps will also apply.

cheers, teylyn

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You can certainly virtualize SharePoint, but you have to be careful about the SQL server.. while a single "SharePoint" server can be SQL, Web Server and application 'stuff', many larger companies split the roles into separate boxes - even if they are separate VM's running in the same host.  Depending on the # of users and load you are expecting, it would be smart (but more $$) to split the SQL server off into it's own box (physical or virtual)... The "free" SQL that comes with SharePoint is limited to 4GB databases (like a 4GB file server!)

You might want to check out my cheat sheet at for some good reading material when it comes to SharePoint Intranets
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