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I just spoke with an college about SharePoint, he then mentioned that I would have to install WSS first and then install SharePoint 2007 ontop of that. Is this true?

I always understood that the whole SharePoint architecture is build upon WSS, so when installing SharePoint 2007 WSS is automatically installed because without it, it wouldn't even work!?

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You are correct - WSS does not need to be installed separately, the MOSS installation will do it for you.

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Is it some manner a (microsoft) best practice to install wss first and then ontop of that MOSS07? –  elhombre May 11 '10 at 17:06
    
As @MattB mentions, The MOSS installer does WSS for you as part of the install. –  Dave M May 11 '10 at 18:21
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@elhombre: agree with @Dave - installing WSS before MOSS is not best practice and not needed. The one caveat is that service packs (and many patches/security fixes) will require you to install both a WSS and a MOSS version - it is always noted in the MOSS documentation when that is required. –  MattB May 11 '10 at 20:35
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