Also it is far more we can accomplish when we use WSS as a development platform. In this SharePoint Blog Series, I am going to give you a better idea about using WSS as a development platform.
For an installation on a Virtual PC image, we recommend a host computer with at least a 2 GHz Pentium processor and 2 GB of RAM
You can download WSS from here
After the installation
After installing WSS, it creates and configures a Web Application named SharePoint 3.0 Central Administration application.
This SharePoint central administrative application provides pages that allow us to perform various administrative chores,
- Convert a standard existing IIS web site into a WSS Web Application
- Create a new IIS Web site and automatically configure it to be a WSS Web Application.