I've been working with the new ColdFusion 10 Public Beta, available at Adobe Labs, for a couple days and have done several installations on my testing server provided by CF Webtools to for the purposes of experimenting and documenting. These are my findings so far.

Due to issues I've had lately when installing ColdFusion Builder on Windows and having to run that installer as "Administrator", I decided to do that here also.

License Agreement: Didn't read that yet.

The first thing I notice was the change to Installation Configuration. As the screenshot below shows there are now only two options; Server configuration and JEE configuration. Server Configuration replaces what the two options we had before (Server and MultiServer). ColdFusion 10's Server install will let you do Multiple ColdFusion Instances with the proper license. JEE configuration is still EAR OR WAR file installations onto an existing JEE server.

Verity is gone and has been totally replaced by Solr.

Adobe has heard the chorus on strong passwords. Now the installer Warns you and highly suggests you use a strong password, but several of us complained about this during testing, saying 'strong is great for production, but on my local workstation for development, let me use a simple password'. So doing the installation, I can choose to not use a strong password. I do not know yet if I get this same choice if I've entered a serial number. I do hope that allowing a simple password is only for the developer edition.

Updating ColdFusion server has become and enormously time consuming and at times difficult task. Adobe has publicly acknowledge this and had promised to improve the methods used to update ColdFusion server. Well, during the installation I was presented with a screen to allow for 'Automatically check for server updates'. This is one great piece of news, ColdFusion server will alert you when there is an update! No more sifting through pages of tech notes on Adobes website. (I'm sure there will be more to write about this in a separate blog post.)

Tomcat installation was invisible! Nowhere was I asked how I want to configure Tomcat. It was just installed. No need to become a Tomcat expert overnight just because Adobe made the HUGE switch from JRun.

The overall installation process was very simple and painless. No real surprises or hurdles to overcome. If you have purchased an Enterprise license then you will automatically have the option to have multiple instances when you do the "Server configuration" method. Another steps during the signup that I did not mention are unchanged.