Monthly Archives: November 2012

Build your own SharePoint 2013 development environment

As a SharePoint developer I’ve experienced many kinds of development environments. From installing SharePoint on host OS, going through remote desktop developing and ending on virtual machine. Some of them had advantages over others, but none of them was perfect. Everything worked as it could until Windows 7 came up.

Since Windows 7 each Microsoft’s operating system has the native support for VHD (Virtual Hard Disk). The same VHD files that are used in virtualization platform i.e.. Hyper-V, Virtual Server and Virtual PC.

Booting from VHDs means booting the machine as if running from primary hard disk so your operating system will use all the hardware available in your system like Graphics, Wireless, USB etc. which is not possible in most of the virtual environment. Continue reading