Although SharedView is not supported on Vista 64-bit, it runs well (so far) on my Vista Ultimate 64-bit system as I've already demonstrated and lightly tested its capabilities.  For anyone who has had to use Netmeeting, GoToMeeting, or other similar tools and found them quirky, difficult, and/or expensive to use you should check out Microsoft SharedView for its simplicity, functionality, and ease of use. Without messing with Firewall settings, I installed, configured and invited a guest with ease.  I tested this with someone who should know how it works, (Thanks Dave McBride) but did not provide instructions.  The software did it all.  I had to copy and paste an invitation into e-mail, but in this case I used Live Messenger.  He clicked a link, downloaded the client, and connected to my session.  It was intuitive, since I had done many types of desktop sharing demonstrations in the past, so I could do whatever I wanted.  Of course, now I’m preparing to do several tutorials and help sessions that were never quite that easy before, especially for those who need to use the client.

SharedView Demo

I’ll update this with instructions and snapshots if needed.  Please, comment if you need help with this product since I am looking for both good and bad experiences to be sure I know to whom I can recommend its use.

Microsoft SharedView

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

SharedView is similar to Windows Meeting Space, which is included in Windows Vista. However, Windows Meeting Space supports ad hoc meetings, application sharing, file transfer, and simple messaging within a network and works primarily inside the firewall, requiring IT involvement (on both sides) to bridge firewalls. Microsoft SharedView, on the contrary is designed for collaboration over the internet. It works through firewalls using HTTP if necessary. SharedView also runs on Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows Server 2003 SP1 or later besides Windows Vista.

Getting Started with Microsoft SharedView...System Requirements

To get started with Microsoft SharedView, you must have the following:

  • A computer with a 700 MHz processor or higher that meets the following requirements:
    •  Operating system : Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) or Windows Vista
    •  Memory: Minimum 256 MB of RAM (512 MB recommended)
    •  Hard disk: 10 MB of free hard disk space
    •  Display: Minimum 800 × 600 screen resolution (1024 × 768 recommended)
    •  Applications: DirectX 8.0 or higher installed on your computer. 
  • Internet connection: Broadband Internet access, 300 kbs minimum. Slower connections may work, but the experience may not be optimal.
  • A Windows Live ID if you want to start your own sessions (you do not need one to join someone else's session). If you do not already have a Windows Live ID or a Microsoft Passport account, get your Windows Live ID account now.

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows Vista 32 bit versions
  • Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (32bit)
  • Windows 2003 Server SP1 (32bit)

Unsupported Operating Systems

  • Windows Vista 64 bit versions
  • Windows XPSP2 64bit (x64)
  • Windows 2003 Server SP1 64bit (x64)
  • Windows 2000 SP4 (all sku’s)
  • Windows Millenium
  • Windows 98 (all editions)
  • Windows 95 (all editions)

I just received that e-mail from Microsoft:

Subject "MSDN Flash Special Issue: Windows Vista SP1 Available for Download by MSDN Subscribers"

So while I'm downloading that, to burn to DVD when finished, I'm installing Windows Server 2008 Enterprise in a Virtual Machine, Configuring Microsoft Office SharePoint Server on a small farm with SQL Server 2005 and a Domain Controller, and finishing the starter site on a Commerce Server 2007 stand-alone installation.  This is using 6.2 GB of RAM and averaging 50% CPU.  This machine isn't even breathing heavy.  For those of us who want it all for development performance, more is certainly better.  But, when you consider that this machine was built locally at a custom shop for about $2200 plus about $650 for the 28" Viewsonic flat panel, you have to ask why would someone spend all that money on the big name brands for less capability than 1/4 of this configuration.

I'm in the middle of rebooting 3 servers so when I finish I can install the Vista Service Pack 1 and cross my fingers.  We need to get Windows Server 2008 running on harware as well, so this virtual (VMware) installation should help me run through for the first time what it might look like.  It will be installed as a dual-boot option with Vista on this same hardware.  This means that my primary file server may need to be upgraded from 2003 R2 to 2008 to use it real time.  I'm hoping to have a similar server configuration to (Formerly Avanade, EMC) Dave McBride's dev environment.  This way, I can run up to 16 CPU cores in 4 physical boxes, virualizing perhaps dozens of servers at once.