For the final substantive session of the afternoon, Yung Chou again took the reins at yesterday's Microsoft Launch Event in Washington, D.C., presenting his session on Configuring and Managing Office 2010 & SharePoint Server 2010. As with Dan Stolts' session on Deploying Office 2010 & SharePoint Server 2010, Yung split his Configuring and Managing presentation into two sections, one for desktop (Office 2010) and one for server (SharePoint 2010), focusing on what he described as "very high level architectural components."
Beginning with a discussion of application compatibility, Yung discussed three tools that have been developed and are available from Microsoft as free downloads to assist in your migration. Two of the three tools were newly introduced to address specific customer concerns in support of the 2010 releases.
The first of the new tools is the Office 2010 Compatibility Inspector, which addresses feature-function changes and the maintenance/migration of macros and scripts. The second new tool is the Office Environment Assessment Tool (OEAT) for assessing the compatibility of ISV (third-party) applications and other add-in components. The third tool was introduced with the 2007 release, but is now available for 2010, and it's the Office Migration Planning Manager (OMPM), which addresses document fidelity. Yung went on to provide brief demos of both the OEAT and the Compatibility Inspector.
Yung mentioned that a 64-bit compatibility scanner will be included in an upcoming release of the OMPM. Also on the topic of 64-bit compatibility, Yung strongly recommended that even if you're running 64-bit now, that you continue to run native 32-bit applications as before.
Moving on to SharePoint Server 2010, Yung mentioned that the roles of the "classic three-tier infrastructure" (Web server, Application server, and DB server) stay the same in the 2010 environment. Yung then went on to show a slide which showed the architectural components in the 2007 release before switching to the following slide which helpfully represents the 2010 architectural components, each of which he briefly discussed:
Following his high-level overview of the architectural components of SharePoint Server 2010, Yung wrapped up his session with a demo showing how to create a new Access Service.
Read the entire Microsoft Launch 2010 Event in Washington, D.C. series:
- The Next Wave of Future Productivity
- A Day in the Life with Office 2010
- Planning for Office 2010 & SharePoint Server 2010
- Deploying Office 2010 & SharePoint Server 2010
- Configuring & Managing Office 2010 & SharePoint Server 2010
For further reading, the complete slide decks from all of the Launch 2010 sessions are available as free downloads under the "Presentation Materials" heading on the Office 2010 and SharePoint Launch resources page at TechNet.