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Deploy Project Server 2010 to a test environment

Published: May 12, 2010

This series of articles describes deploying a test installation of Microsoft Project Server 2010 in a virtual environment. The purpose of this series is as follows:

  • Allows you to gain experience in the processes and procedures involved in deploying Project Server 2010

  • Provides you with an isolated test environment where you can gain experience with the features in Project Server 2010

This series of articles describes a test installation only. If you are deploying Project Server 2010 in a production environment, see Deploy Project Server 2010 to a server farm environment. If you are deploying Project Server 2010 to Hyper-V for production, see Virtualizing Project Server 2010.

The infrastructure described in this series of articles includes the following servers:

  • A domain controller for the virtual domain

  • A server that is running Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and Analysis Services 2008

  • A server that is running Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and Project Server 2010

Although you can install all of the described components on a single virtual or physical machine, we recommend that you create the individual virtual machines as described in these articles, as this provides a more realistic look at what a production installation looks like.

For the purposes of software installation, we assume that you have the given software on a CD or DVD, or that you have an ISO file that contains the software. If you have the software on a file or network share, we recommend that you create an ISO file for the purposes of installation in the virtual environment. There are many third-party applications that are available for creating ISO files, and ISO files can easily be mounted to the virtual DVD drive on Hyper-V virtual machines and those from other virtualization vendors.

To successfully create the environment described, you will need a computer that has 8GB of RAM and approximately 60GB of available disk space. The computer must be running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V or another virtualization solution able to run 64-bit Windows Server 2008 virtual machines.

This series includes the following articles:

These sections should be read sequentially, as the procedures in each build on those in the last. However, if you are already familiar with Hyper-V or if you are using a different virtualization solution or if you are using physical hardware, you can skip the "Hyper-V Quick Start" article.

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