SharePoint Server 2010 System Requirements - High Importance

Microsoft has announced SharePoint Server 2010 System Requirements and following are the take away points compiled by Srikanth Kothakanti (Microsoft Certified SharePoint Consultant):
  • SharePoint Server 2010 will be 64-bit only.
  • SharePoint Server need 4GB Ram for Stand Alone and 8GB for single and multiple server farm
  • HardDisk 8 GB
  • SharePoint Server 2010 will require 64-bit Windows Server 2008 or 64-bit Windows Server 2008 R2.
  • SharePoint Server 2010 will require 64-bit SQL Server 2008 (SP1) or 64-bit SQL Server 2005 (SP3).
  • Web Server IIS Role
  • Application Server role
  • Microsoft .NET Framework version 3.5 SP1
  • SQL Server 2008 Express with SP1
  • Microsoft "Geneva" Framework
  • Microsoft Sync Framework Runtime v1.0 (x64)
  • Microsoft Filter Pack 2.0
  • Microsoft Chart Controls for the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
  • Windows PowerShell 2.0 CTP3
  • SQL Server 2008 Native Client
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services ADOMD.NET
  • ADO.NET Data Services v1.5 CTP2
  • Microsoft Silverlight 3.0 and supported browser on the Client Computer.
  •  Browser support for: standards based browsers (XHTML 1.0 compliant) including Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 3.x. running on Windows Operating Systems
  • Internet Explorer 6 will not be a supported browser for SharePoint Server 2010

Difference between 32 bit and 64 bit: A bit is short for "binary digit", It is basically how a computer stores and makes references to data, memory, etc. A bit can have a value of 1 or 0, that’s it. So binary code is streams of 1’s and 0’s, such as this random sequence 100100100111. By using 64 bit large calculations are being performed, huge databases are being accessed, and complex problems are being solved.

The problem is when you run 32-bit software programs in the environment of a 64-bit operating system. Many programs won’t work properly, such as Adobe Acrobat and Windows Media Player.

You really need about 4 GB of RAM to take full advantage of the capabilities offered by a 64-bit processor, while most PC owners have less than 1 GB under their computer’s hood.