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Why do we use VM for SharePoint development?
  v6.0 Posted at 27/10/2012 8:52 PM by System Account
All SharePoint customization and development must be done on a Virtual Machine.

    

  1. It's very important to correctly setup a SharePoint environment for development. Correctly configured, this will save you a lot of trouble later on.
  2. From time to time, you can seriously damage a SharePoint installation during development and it is best not to install SharePoint on your everyday working machine. Additionally, when you start a new SharePoint project you don't want to carry all the luggage from a previous customization that could potentially affect your new project.
  3. Virtual machines can be fired up and shut down easily
  4. Virtual machines can be relocated on a different server and thus it doesn't waste developers' own computer resources
  5. Virtual machines can be copied and brought to a client for demostration.
  6. Very easy for someone to quickly create a new SharePoint server to quickly test or experiment with SharePoint.
  7. Bad: There might be more work required to activate additional servers.

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