If you are used to Microsoft developement platforms like Visual Studio, MS SQL server and Windows operating systems you may wonder if it is possible to run Drupal in a pure Micorsoft environment. Yes it is, even if Microsoft don't support PHP. If you use the free or the full version of Visual Studio, there is a plugin vs.php for Visual Studio http://www.jcxsoftware.com/ that implies that you can write php code in Visual Studio. In the excellent book http://definitivedrupal.org/ Brian Travis explains how it is done in Appendix F. He is the expert, since he also wrote the book: Pro Drupal 7 for Windows: http://www.drupalforwindows.com/ If you intend to use drupal with Microsoft SQL server and other Microsoft platforms I think, without having read the book, that that is a must read book. For me it was enough to read appendix F in the above mentioned book, since I use http://www.wampserver.com/ (or XAMPP for windows http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html ) that is good enough for me. That appendix explains how you shall configure VS.PHP for Visual Studio, use phpMyAdmin and http://drush.ws/ in your drupal projects.
I don't know how up to date this http://www.microsoft.com/web/drupal article is, so to get the latest information you may need to search for updated information.
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