How to Prepare for a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Upgrade
Microsoft SharePoint is flexible and efficient, and has become the data storage and collaboration platform of choice in many organizations. Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 is due to be released in the first half of this year, and is expected to feature improvements to everything from application tools, integration framework and operational management to lifecycle management and social capabilities. Here, Knowledge Center contributor Joel Oleson offers IT professionals six steps to take to prepare for a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 upgrade.Microsoft SharePoint 2010 has generated a lot of interest among IT professionals and, although it won't be generally available for awhile yet, there are some steps you can take to prepare to upgrade to Microsoft SharePoint 2010. Each of the following six steps is integral to a successful upgrade. They are all common sense steps that may take a little time to complete, but will be worth the effort when your upgrade runs smoothly. Step No. 1: Make sure you have 64-bit hardware for your SharePoint servers and SQL Server
Most SharePoint installations currently run on Windows Server 2003 in 32-bit mode; however, they will require 64-bit Windows Server 2008 or 64-bit Windows Server R2 to utilize SharePoint 2010. SQL Server also will require 64-bit mode on SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2008. Don't forget about your virtual environment-Virtual Server and Virtual Desktop both support only 32-bit images, so you will need Windows Server 2008 Hyper V to support the virtual images commonly used in SharePoint development, testing and production environments.