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I would like to test Sharepoint. Since I'm short on time, I'm looking for fast solutions. It must be for Sharepoint 2007 or above.

I only have access to my PC wich runs with Windows XP Pro SP3.

The only thing I came up with is to install VirtualBox, install Windows as my guest and install Sharepoint. This seems like a lot of stuff to install and administer just to take a look at a product. Maybe I missed something? Any suggestions?

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God help me for recycling an old joke, but I swear the first thing that popped into my head was "...at 9.8m/s^2" –  jj33 Aug 10 '10 at 19:30

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The fastest way to try Microsoft SharePoint on an XP workstation is in their free TechNet Virtual Labs. You can try this without any need for a Windows Server test box of your own. Link: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/bb512933.aspx

From the linked page:

Get first-hand deployment experience through the Virtual Lab series. The Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, and Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 virtual labs will teach you about installation, organizing content, managing user permissions, creating Web Parts for custom tasks, and much more.

It's simple: no complex setup or installation is required to try out SharePoint Products and Technologies running in the full-featured TechNet Virtual Lab. You get a downloadable manual and a 90-minute block of time for each module. You can sign up for additional 90-minute blocks any time.

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Fastest way I know is to use the MS VHD located here SharePoint 2007 Once you have that, you can use something like WinImage to convert to a VMware image Convert Image and run VMware player, Server , etc. on your XP box. You could download Hyper-V As mentioned in other reply) and avoid the conversion but I think the VMware route might be faster to deploy ( not faster to run)

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Hyper-V is a Windows Server 2008 technology. It cannot be downloaded and run on an XP box. –  SturdyErde Aug 11 '10 at 17:44
    
Sorry Was not suggesting running Hper-V on the XP box but creating a new 2008 system of some kind. Hence my suggestioin to use VMware Server or similar. –  Dave M Aug 11 '10 at 18:49

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