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


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