I have to perform some demonstration about the SharePoint 2010 features. I have for this task only a standard laptop with only 4GB of Ram.
As the demonstrations are multi purpose, I have set up nearly everything possible on the demo computer : a demo AD domain, Sql 2008 R2, SP 2010 Server with all services enabled (except Lotus notes connector) and configured, a bunch of web apps, Office 2010 on the computer, SPD, Visual Studio 2010, Performance point, and even a small mail server to illustrate features with emails (it's not exchange happily).
As you can guess, the whole computer is very very slow, especially when switching from an application to another.
I've already make some tweaks to speed up the environment :
- the computer have two disks, I've isolated the pagefile in the second disk
- I set up the performance mode of the system to application
- All SP web apps runs with the same APP pool, so are all SP Service apps.
I know than buying memory to get 8Gb of ram is one of the best and simple optimization, but it's not accepted by my hierarchy (for many reasons).
Do you know any other "tips" for making the demo computer seeming more fast ?
Of course it's a demo computer. my target is only speed, I can live with security holes or non-optimal solution if it can help.
PS: the system is a Win 2K8 R2 X64