Windows 2008 Single Development Machine environment - A quick tip

Posted on 7/20/2008 @ 4:05 PM in #SharePoint by | Feedback | 4063 views

This will save you some hair.

OOTB, with Win2k8, in a single machine environment, you won't be able to

  • Save directly to a document library
  • Map a document library
  • See document libraries in windows explorer
  • Create VS2008 workflow projects (which IMO suck anyway)
  • Publish InfoPath forms directly to content types or document libraries.
  • Bunch of other such scenarios

How do you fix all this?


  1. Start server manager
  2. Add the "Desktop Experience" feature.
  3. Restart

That's it - everything should work now. Damn, that was easy!

Sound off but keep it civil:

Older comments..

On 8/13/2008 1:12:28 AM Hikmer said ..
I have to disagree about your opinion of the Visual Studio 2008 workflow project templates. They allow novice programmers to get up to speed without having to pull their hair out trying to waste lots of time deploying SharePoint features...which in my opinion is the real time waster for most people. Debugging your code is one thing, debugging your deploy is just a major time sucker....makes you hate Sharepoint and makes your boss despise your promise that SharePoint can solve company problems instead of waste all the time you are trying to save in the first place.

On 8/13/2008 6:57:36 AM Sahil Malik said ..
HIkmer - what good is code you can write, but you can't deploy?

Also, did you read my linked blogpost? Once you create the project template, as I suggest in my walkthrough, it isn't any harder than the OOTB templates .. just that it'd deploy.

Code that you can write, but cannot deploy, IMO is useless.