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.

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.