I wanted to get familiar with SharePoint 2010 because I have noticed how the market is starting to demand it. Also, most of the SharePoint 2010 guides on the net are outdated. They show everything from registry hacks/editing xml files to installing hot fixes/service packs. My guide uses the latest bits as of 6/7/11 to create a SharePoint 2010 server inside of an Virtual Machine. This will be more than enough to begin creating Silverlight Web Parts inside of SharePoint 2010. NOTE: I did not want to use any automated tools to perform the install (specifically AutoSP Installer) because I want to understand the installation process myself. It would probably be easier to use such tools. Have the following software available before starting: (You can use trial versions if necessary) VMWare Player – specifically because it supports x64 OS and was recommended by the SharePoint Community on Twitter. Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 w/ SP1 – because SharePoint 2010 requires an x64 operating system and getting it to run on Windows 7 looked painful / pointless. SQL Server 2008 R2 x64 – SP can run on SQL Express from what I have read, but I noticed you need to install a lot of “hot fixes” in order to get it to run. Most SharePoint people were recommending using the full version of SQL Server. SharePoint Server 2010 x64 – Without this it would be hard to use SharePoint 2010! Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate – How else am I going to build the Silverlight Web Part? The first thing is to install is VMware Player. It requires a few reboots but once that is up and running you can click “Create a New Virtual Machine”.