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How do I get set up with Sharepoint 2010 in the quickest and most efficient manner

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Good afternoon experts,

I am kind of under the gun here. I have been using Office365 to get myself familiar with Sharepoint, but my eval expires today. I am pretty sure of what I want in my Sharepoint deliverable , but I am not sure about the following components I will need for a proof of concept build for the Executive staff:

Windows 2008 Server
           DNS Install
            Active Directory Install
            DHCP Install
SQL Server 2008/2012

SharePointServer

What I need to know from you guys is to know  if the installs for the above technologies are similiar to the old days when I could install a Windows 2003 server with Active Directory, DNS, DHCP in a snap.

I have a subscription to safari books online , but I was wondering if there is a link to a step by step install of Windows server 2008 that includes Active Directory, DHCP and DNS all wrapped up in one tututorial. Then I will need a tutorial on how to install Sharepoint with SQL 2008/2012.

I have three machines that I am going to use (no I am not virtualizing anything as of yet) that are sufficient for my needs. your comments, thoughts, advice and links to pertinant tutorial content will be much appreciated.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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They actually are easier than the old days.. as for as sql/sharepoint check for the prerequisites for sharepoint as it may not support Sql2012 as of right now.
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I would recommend downloading the SharePoint 2010 Foundation version.  It is free and allows you to evaluate most of the basic features of SharePoint.  There are several different deployment methods.  I would recommend checking out the TechNet SharePoint 2010 site: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc261970

It is pretty straightforward to install the domain services.  I believe it is possible to install SQL Express and the SP server all on the same box.  The install is pretty much GUI based so not too much hassle there.
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by:BLACK THANOS
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Thanks Fideralala,

The links are awesome. I have a technet subscription,so downloading the software for a proof of concept will be no problem.

regards,
Regis
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