Installing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Preview–Step by Step

The new Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 preview was released earlier this week and as usual I wanted to try it out. I started to make my own test environment with the following

  • Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013

Since it was a “test” environment I started to install my AD, DB and SharePoint in one single server. Of course I am aware that it’s not best practice neither its recommended, but its on my a test environment Smile

After installing Windows Server and configuring it as a Domain Controller, I started to install SQL Server 2012 on the same. Although SQL server gave a warning about installing on a domain controller, I continued the installation considering that this is a test environment and which will never go in to production.

The new SharePoint 2013 preview ISO can be downloaded from

Attach the ISO and it will auto run

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Since none of the pre requisites were installed I clicked on the Install Software Pre Requisites link to execute the SharePoint Product Preparation Tool

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Upon clicking, the list of all the required Pre Requisites are listed, click Next

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Once clicked next, the License and Agreement page is loaded, click I agree (as usual) and click Next

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The Pre requisites installation starts off with the installation of IIS and so on..

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The server might restart once or twice but the installation will resume automatically upon restarting. Pre Requisite Installation is successful and click finish

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Click on the Install SharePoint Server Link

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Setup Preparing to Install SharePoint

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Enter Product Key 6RNT8-XV26M-GWH36-VMGQH-94MMH click continue

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Accept the License and Agreement and click Continue

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Choose the install file location and click Install Now (I continued with the default setting)

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Installation Begins

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Installation completes successfully, make sure the “Run the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard now” and click close. This will trigger the SharePoint Configuration Wizard

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The Welcome Page for SharePoint Products and Configuration Page, click next

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Notification on the Service startup and reset (similar to the previous version), click Yes

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Connect to a Server Farm page opens, since I don’t have an existing farm I select the second option which is to create a new server farm and click next

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Fill in the relevant details (database Server Name, Username and Password). Note the Database Name similar to the previous versions. Click Next

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Specify a passphrase for the server farm security settings and click next

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Specify an unused port number or use the default port number to access the SharePoint Central Administration Web Application and click next

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Verify your configuration summary and click next

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Configuration begins and this process might take some time

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Configuration Successful screen, verify and click finish

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Upon successful implementation and configuration the SharePoint Central Administration page will automatically open for the initial farm configuration

Click Yes and Ok to participate in the Customer Experience Program to give feedback to Microsoft If you wish to Smile

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Start the Wizard to walk you through your farm configuration

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Select your managed account and services and click next

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Fill in the information and select a template to create your first site collection within SharePoint 2013 and click Ok

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Click finish on the Farm Configuration Completion page

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Upon clicking finish it takes you to the Central Administration Page.

From there on you will have to create the necessary web applications, Site Collections, Sites, Libraries, Lists, Etc, as per your requirement.

I hope the above was useful


Installing Microsoft Office 2013 Preview

The following are the steps to Install Microsoft Office 2013 preview

before installation you will need

  • Windows live ID
  • Windows 7 or Windows 8


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Click Sign Up

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Click on Try Now

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Click Get Started

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Click Continue

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Processing Setting Up Account

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Click on install and the web installer will be downloaded (by default the 32bit version will be downloaded, if you need the x64 bit then close the prompted screen

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Click on the Language and Install options to select the x64bit and download the web installer and execute. It will grab the details from your Live ID

Select your style and click next

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Information on SkyDrive, click next

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While things are getting ready at the background, you can either take a tour to look at the new stuff or click no thanks to proceed with the installation

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Installation has started

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Upon finishing the installation, I opened up my Outlook and it was mind blowing

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Microsoft Office 2013 Preview or office 15 preview

A new Office has arrived! the customer preview of the next Microsoft Office (office 2013) has been released. It’s free to try,

visit to explore the new Office.


  1. It is possible to install both office 2010 and office 2013 preview on the same machine
  2. if you are planning to install Office 2010 and Office 2013 preview on the same machine, you have to make sure that both are on the same version of either 32 bit or 64 bit. The installation will fail if it’s in a mixed environment
  3. By default the installation is web based (as of now)
  4. By default it will start installing the 32 bit and to change it to x64 bit, click on the Language and install options under the “Office 365 home Premium Preview Install Information page”
  5. You will need a Live ID to proceed with the installation.

Ok folks.. Enjoy using the new version of Office and stay tuned for more posts