Yes, you heard it right - now you can install Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 on Windows Vista! No need for a Windows Server 2003/2008 or virtual machines, remote debugging or any other weird workarounds!

Jonas Nilsson of Bamboo Solutions has come up with a way to allow you to install WSS onto a Vista x86/x64 machine using a special installer file. The post contains detailed instructions on how to install WSS 3.0 or MOSS 2007 on any Windows Vista machine with IIS7.

Installing WSS 3.0 on Windows Vista

This is a dream come true for me, and will save me and my clients a lot of time, so I had to give it a try directly (pretty tired after a nice weekend in Rome with my wife).

The installation was quite easy, if you follow the instructions. I stumbled upon a problem while configuring the IIS 7; WSS need the IIS 6 Management Compatibility features to be enabled to install successfully, which I hadn’t. Vista gave me some headache while trying to install this optional feature, since the Windows feature list was empty (see the left image below). I had to do chkdsk /f and a sfc /scannow to fix this. Then I could install the IIS 6 features (which was the procedure which took the longest time of the whole installation).

No Windows Vista features to turn on or off!!!IIS 6 Management Compatibility features enabled 

After that configured and done, everything went smooth and I had everything up and running within a few minutes…

SQL Databases created locally:

WSS Databases

Windows Services running:

WSS Services on Vista

Central Administration running:

WSS on Vista 

Thank you Jonas!!!