Tutorial: Creating A MOSS Development Environment Part III – VS.NET Installation

Welcome back and onto part III of this installation guide.  This installment will document installing Visual Studio .NET 2008 and also discuss the additional software that is advised to facilitate MOSS development.

Parts one and two can be found here:

Tutorial: Creating A MOSS Development Environment Part I – SQL Server Installation
Tutorial: Creating A MOSS Development Environment Part II – MOSS Installation

If you’re following along, great, and if you’re just coming across this entry because you wanted a sample of the software to install in the environment to facilitate development, that’s great too.  I hope this entry helps.  Installing Visual Studio .NET is pretty straight forward, the only thing I do different than the standard install is change the installation path, and remove SQL Express since we installed that during step one, so before I move onto documenting that, I’ll list the software that I add to development environments.

Software to add to your MOSS Development Environments

BDC Metadata Manager
Fiddler HTTP Debugger
Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar
Lutz Roeder’s .NET Reflector
PowerShell
Microsoft Office 2007
SharePoint Designer
Visual Studio 2008 Extensions for Windows SharePoint Services (VSeWSS)
Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the 2007 Microsoft Office System (VSTO)
WSS 3.0 SDK
MOSS 2007 SDK

From the above software list, everything is either included with your MSDN License (hopefully you have one) or available as a free download, with the exception of BDC Metadata Manager.  However for BDC Meta Man, you can download a light-weight free version of the product that will allow you demonstrate functionality.

The Install

So picking up where we left off in the last post on setting up your environments, you’ll begin by inserting the VS.NET 2008 media into your drive.  Autorun will begin and you select Install Visual Studio 2008.

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On the next screen, click Next.

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Read the license agreement >.<, then select I have read and accept the license agreement, enter your product key if necessary, enter / update your name, and click Next.

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On the options page, select the Custom radio button, change the product install path to your data drive, confirm that your data drive has the available space, and click Next.

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Uncheck Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition, confirm that your data drive is still set as the installation path, and click Install.

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Now you’ve got a very long wait.  This isn’t your typically short wait… it’s a VERY long one.  Find something else to do, or drive yourself crazy by watching the installer.  If you’re installing this into a VM, pop a DVD into your host machines drive and watch a movie while it’s happening.  Chat with your Facebook friends, anything to keep you busy while this installer does its thing.

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Finally, when you get to the Visual Studio Setup is complete screen, click Finish.

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This will bring you back to the autorun screen.  Click on Install Product Documentation.  Thought you were done so soon?  You will reference this documentation frequently, and it helps to have it local on your system.

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At the first screen of the MSDN Library installer, click Next.

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Again, read and accept the license agreement, accept or change your name, and click Next.  If you’re too impatient, I would advise printing out the license agreement for reading at a later date. >.<.  Um… don’t do that, it was a joke. 😮

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Click Custom, and change your installation path to your data drive, and click Next.

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Select all the features, check your installation path, and click Install.

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Ok… now’s another long running installer.  Got another DVD to watch?  When it’s complete, click Finish.

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At this point, you will return to the autorun screen again.  Here you can check for service releases or click Exit.  You can check for service releases manually by going to http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com.

Now all that’s left to do, is install the software that was at the top of this article.  In the final entry in this series, I’ll walk you through configuring your development environment in MOSS.

Hope you enjoyed!

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