In an article posted last week, the SharePoint team gave some more specifics on what we should expect for SharePoint 2010. (Why do I keep accidentally typing 90210?) According to the Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog (and who would know better), SharePoint 2010 will require 64-bit Windows Server 2008 and 64-bit SQL Server. Also, Internet Explorer 6 will not be a supported browser for SharePoint Server 2010.
So, what can you do today to get into the best shape for SharePoint Server 2010?
- Start by ensuring new hardware is 64-bit. Deploying 64-bit is our current best practice recommendation for SharePoint 2007.
- Deploy Service Pack 2 and take a good look at the SharePoint 2010 Upgrade Checker that’s shipped as part of the update. The Upgrade Checker will scan your SharePoint Server 2007 deployment for many issues that could affect a future upgrade to SharePoint 2010.
- Get to know Windows Server 2008 with SharePoint 2007, this post is a great starting point.
- Consider your desktop browser strategy if you have large population of Internet Explorer 6 users.
- Continue to follow the Best Practices guidance for SharePoint Server 2007.
- Keep an eye on this blog for updates and more details in the coming months.