There’s a variety of systems to chose from when we analysis BizTalk Server 2010 Server requirements. There’s even Windows 7 to choose from. The problem is, when we want to have the environment the closest to the production one, we should use any of the available Windows Servers. I decided to choose the one I am already familiar with, that is Windows Server 2008 R2. It’s available free of charge on Microsoft Websites as 180 days evaluation version. Enough to suit our needs.
I am definitely not going to describe how to install an operating system. That should the intelligent reader do on their own. I strongly recommend giving VDISKs a try. That’s a relatively new feature allowing to create Virtual Hard Drives, completely reusable, for example in Hyper-V. In my case, I had to resort to installing completely independent operating system not using any of the virtualisation tools, because my Intel Core Duo 2 is not yet prone to 64bit virtualisation capabilities. But still, VDSIK came in handy , not forcing any physical disk partitioning.
Once we have our fresh servers installed, we proceed to install:
- Web Server Role (complete)
- Features that can make our life easier, e.g. Windows Desktop Experience, Wireless Lan Service.
For now that’s all we need to have. We continue our journey in Part 1.2.