MOSS 2010 for Free


A lot of cheers went out in the developer community to hear MOSS 2010 could be installed on Windows 7 or Vista.
I too did but only until I realised what a gargantum task MOSS 2010 is on Windows 7. For about
a week of my failed effort with it, the frustration built up. Not only does it not worrk properly on
Windows 7 but you can’t create a SharePoint farm at all. By default you can only install a stand alone version of it on
Windows 7, which to me is not an ideal dev environemnt.

The other option is to go for Windows server 2008 but then who will pay the cost? Most of the cases, it’s on a
company laptop you would like to dribble with MOSS and having a server 2008 on it is a mirage...

Comes in Microsoft. It (how much i love this company!), provides the learning enthusiasts nearly every chip
for MOSS free in the form of trail periods. The timeline is 3 months, enough for you to whet your appetite
of this great framework....Also, since its a VM your are working on, I beleive you can take the current snapshot of
the machine and use it later once the trail expires....but only for dev purposes ofcourse
(haven't tried it..wait till mine expires :-) ) here are the sources and steps to make moss work on a laptop
not having windows 2008 server.....

1.Download and Install VM player

From here you could install the Vm PLayer. Agreed, you can run Windows 2008 server directly on your host machine
but then it’s a trial version...right? I am sure you won’t want to do the job of reinstalling the machine everything
quarter. More so if it is a company laptop…

 2.Download Windows Server 2008

Open Vmplayer GUI and create a new virtual machine. The Win server 2008 operating system can be downloaded
from this link. Once done, run the OS inside the VM and it should install everything.  Windows server 2008, gives
you ability to create domain controller and active directory also, unlike Windows 7. I recommend going ahead and do
that. Check this link on how to configure Domain Controller and users in Active Directory.
I suggest creating a super user for MOSS 2010 dev.

3.Download and Install SQL Server 2008
Get and install the trial version of SQL server from here.

4.Install SP1 for SQL Server

This step really kept me waking for two nights to get the MOSS 2010 working. MOSS 2010 won’t install and kept
failing for mysterious reasons. Until by chance i caught this link go ahead and install this link....

5.Install Cumulative updates for SQL Server 2008

Microsoft always does a splendid job with all its products but SQL server. It works great but somehow i always
get a feeling that installing it is a marathon in Saharan cross the desert and
install this cumulative update on your machine. Once on the page look for "View and Request Hotfix download".
Note that you need to register on this site and then a link would be sent on your email

Here is the error you might encounter in case you dont...

SQL server at [Your-DATABASE-SERVER] has an unsupported version 10.0.2531.0.
Please refer to “” for information on the minimum required
SQL Server versions and how to download them.

6. Install MOSS 2010

With this much effort done, download trial version. I always go with the Enterprise version.
Register on the site and product key would be sent over by email. Before installing make sure that your VM
has access to internet. This is needed because MOSS 2010 needs to download prerequisite. Once installed,
run your configuration wizard (just like the old MOSS 2007 days) and there you have your central admin...

It took me 2 days to research and get this thing working ...alas I wasted much more trying to work it on Windows 7.
In case you are stuck anywhere while working on this blog...let me know... happy installing...




Hi Akshay,

Thanks for sharing !!! Great

Thanks for sharing the more thing which we should also mention if you are using Windows XP(32 bit platform) in your laptop/machine then

1) Verify the BIOS\firmware settings verify Enable "VT" and disable "trusted execution"
2) Power-cycle the host if either of these BIOS\firmware settings have been changed
3) Power-cycle the host , if you have not done since installing the VM ware
4) Update hosts BIOS\firmware to latest version

Hi Akshay,

We are a IT services company with MS SharePoint focus. We are in the process of moving desktop based development environment (few developers), to powerful Server based development environment (we will have about 50+ soon). I was going through your blog on setting up the environment with VMs, it was useful and have shared with my Administration team. We are Microsoft Partners and licensing should not be an issue.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

Best Regards,

Srinivasan Satagopan (Sri)

Ecotech IT Solutions Private Limited
Sunshree "Woods" Commercial Complex | NIBM Road | Pune 411 048 | INDIA

I am new to share point and i have a powerfull machine with windows 7 (32 bit). would that work for me?

best regards