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3, 2, 1, Launch! SharePoint 2010 Liftoff

Microsoft Announces General Availability of SharePoint 2010

Today is The Big Day at Microsoft… the day that so many teams have been focused on and working their collective tails off to prepare for… the official business launch of Microsoft Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010. Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to work with some of the folks on the SharePoint team who are responsible for helping us—the IT Pros and Developers who are working with SharePoint every day—succeed with SharePoint 2010. 

I can tell you that they’re personally, genuinely invested in making sure the community gets all of the tools humanly possible to deliver; and I can imagine they are both thrilled and exhausted today!  I’d like to add a personal congratulations to the product team, the early adopters, and everyone who contributed to this stellar new product.

Over the years, I’ve come to appreciate just what a feat it is that Microsoft, unlike some of its competitors, is able to get products out of beta and into supported production mode for millions of customers around the globe.  Great work, everyone!

And with the launch comes an absolutely mammoth amount of new information, documentation, guidance and training around SharePoint Server 2010 and SharePoint Foundation 2010, all placed on the team’s blogs and on the slick, if skinny, new TechNet. Let’s take a quick tour of some of the important stuff that’s up there, including some resources to help you keep from getting launch burn!

It all starts at the brand new Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010  and Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 centers on TechNet. From there, and from other sources, I’ve assembled a list of resources to get you up and running.

Here, are the links that will help you get up and running:

•          Hardware, Software and Configuration Prerequisites

•          Capacity Management Resource Center

•          FAQ: SharePoint 2010 RTM Installation  This is one of the more important links.  Jie Li is on the product team, and has posted a set of important FAQs about installation, including some prerequisite and configuration information that didn’t make it into the product before the cutoff for release.

•          SharePoint Server 2010 Trial

•          Language Packs 

•          SharePoint Server 2010 Evaluation Guide  Note: the date on the TechNet page for downloading this link suggests that it is from November, but I’ve confirmed that this is the most up-to-date guide

Learning about SharePoint:

•          TechNet Learning Center for SharePoint Server 2010 

•          11 Getting Started modules

•          20 hours of advanced IT pro training

TechNet Virtual Labs:

o          Business Continuity Management 

o          Configuring Tenant Administration 

o          User Profile Synchronization 

o          Windows PowerShell for SharePoint  

o          Backup and Restore  

o          Upgrade  

Once you’ve got it up and running:

•          TechNet Resource Centers for SharePoint Server 2010

•          SharePoint Products Libraries 

Never have I seen so much great information available, out of the chute. I hope this guide to resources does, in fact, help you succeed with SharePoint 2010!

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