Duet Enterprise, as you might already know, is built on top of two big platforms, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 & SAP Net Weaver 7.02. Before embarking on a Duet Enterprise project, IT administrators, systems integrators and consultants need to do some careful planning. While this is true for any project, it’s truer for Duet Enterprise, since Duet Enterprise deals with the interoperability of SAP applications with Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and Microsoft Office 2010. This requires navigating extra layers of process, people, software stack and their dependencies from two companies.
A typical Duet Enterprise deployment can be broadly categorized into five distinct phases.
In this blog, I will outline the software and hardware pre-requisites for Duet Enterprise which will help in planning.
I recommend that you plan your SharePoint deployment configuration based on the best practices guides from SharePoint 2010. SharePoint team has published a lot of resources. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/ee518643.aspx is an excellent starting point.
To plan your hardware needs for your SharePoint 2010 deployment, use the following resource, http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262485(office.14).aspx. The Duet Enterprise team will be publishing a capacity planning guide in the future, which can help you plan for a scale roll-out.
If you are planning to use Hyper-V configurations for your SharePoint deployment, then I recommend that you read this article.
In the subsequent blogs, I will identify the hardware requirements for the SAP servers as well.
Its important that you are aware of the browsers that are supported in Duet Enterprise. Duet Enterprise supports the same set of browsers that SharePoint 2010 supports. The support matrix can be found here. Please note that some features may not work in Firefox 3.5 / 3.6 because of ActiveX dependencies. In a later blog, these Duet Enterprise features will be called out.
I hope this gets you started. Looking forward to hearing from all of you.