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July 17
Step-by-Step Stand-Alone Installation of SharePoint Server 2013 (preview) on Windows Server 2012 / VMWare 8

Note: I began to install SharePoint Server 2013 on a VMWare VM and I am trying to cover almost all the screen here. Note that this is a preview and not a final product.

My infrastructure

I have a Lenovo W510 laptop with decent configuration; runs Windows 7 Ultimate OS, 16GB RAM, 750GB Hybrid Solid State Drive etc. I have VMWare 8 on it and I have already setup Windows Server 2012 earlier and I have added / installed roles Application Server and Web Server. Otherwise, it’s a plain vanilla installation of the enterprise server edition. This is part I of the series I am going to post. The other posts will be installing SharePoint Server 2013 in a Farm, and subsequently configuring all the associated Service Applications. Most importantly, I am not on a Domain, its on a workgroup.

Installation Steps

  1. Download the .iso file of the SPS 2013 setup, unzip the files using 7-zip.
  2. Copy the files to the VM or you can download and unzip them on the VM itself. Doesn’t matter. However, I would make sure that installation setup files are on the VM for sure. I wouldn’t trust installing them over network or using the Metal.
  3. SharePoint 2013 requires the following pre-requisites 
  4. Windows Identity Foundation v1.1
    Microsoft Information Protection and Control Client
    Microsoft WCF Data Services
    Windows Management Framework 3.0
    Application Server Role
    Web Server (IIS) Role
    Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0
    Update for the .NET Framework 4 (KB2468871)
    Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Native Client
    Windows Identity Foundation (KB974405)
    Microsoft Sync Framework Runtime v1.0 (x64)
    Windows Server AppFabric

  5. Run the Splash and you will have a link to install the prerequisites from within the installation.
  6. During the installation of the prerequisites, the server will be restarted. Respect the installation and let it restart. Click finish after the prerequisites are installed.

  7. Return to the Splash screen and Install SharePoint Server 2013. If there is a restart necessary, then do it.
  8. When prompted to enter Product Key, enter the product key and click on Continue.

  9. Accept the terms of the agreement and click continue on the next screen

  10. Under the server type installation, you can choose between installing either Completely or Stand-Alone. I would recommend installing complete edition but this requires SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 which I haven't installed on the VM. So, for me since I will use this for presentations, demo’s I am using Stand-Alone installation. Select one of the types and click on Install Now.

    It doesn’t take much time to install, so don’t visit Starbucks Smile
  11. Once the installation is complete, you can choose to run the Configuration Wizard as shown below. 

  12. On the Configuration Wizard welcome screen, click Next to continue.
  13. Click ‘Yes’ for the Warning screen on restarting the services

    Since I have not installed SQL Server 2008 R2, configuration will skip many steps. This includes Connecting or setting up new Farm, choosing database server, pass phrase, specifying port for CA site etc. I will cover these in another post as mentioned earlier.
  14. At this step the Configuration Wizard failed and I got the below message

    Click here to learn how to fix the installation issues.
  15. I fixed the issues as described in the above link and ran again from Step # 9 and configuration from there went pretty smooth. I Verified cursory checks on database (all required databases are created) , IIS Sites etc.
  16. Fired up Central Admin site and every thing seems to be good so far.

  17. A top level site collection is also created; I accessed the site, and for a change, I used Community Site Template and here is how the site looks. 

Cheers to SharePoint 2013!

Let me know if you encounter any issues.


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