Monday, August 6, 2012

3 Steps to Setup your SharePoint 2013 Preview


After long back once again, I try to create small note or share my knowledge with SharePoint community in Singapore, This article covers 3 basic steps to Install & Configure, Learn and understand the change on SharePoint 2013 Preview. I try my level best to cover visually step-by-step configuration from simply enabling Hyper-V on Windows 8, installing Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012 to complexly installing SharePoint 2013. Hope this help you, Please note that this only for test purposes not on production.

  1. System Requirements, Download tools & Setup and Install.
  2. IT Pro & Developer Training
  3. What is New in SharePoint 2013 

System Requirements, Download tools & Setup and Install.

Minimum Hardware & Software Requirements

The requirements for a development environment for an installation of apps for SharePoint 2013

Processor: 64-bit, 4 cores

RAM:  8 GB for production use 6 GB for developer or evaluation use

Hard disk:  80 GB free for system drive

Installation of SharePoint 2013 Preview is supported only on Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 x64 or Windows Server 2008 R2. (Windows 7 not supported yet)

To install & configure how to: Set up an on-premises development environment for apps for SharePoint

Download Tools

1. Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2008 R2

2. SharePoint Server 2013 Beta

3. Visual Studio 2012

4. SQL Server 2012 or SQL Server 2008 R2

5. Windows 8 Hyper-V (64 bit)

Windows 8, Go Windows Features and Enable Hyper-V feature.

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Hyper-v Manager running on Windows 8


I configure using Hyper-V (Windows Server 2012 RC on Windows 8), Domain Controller with SQL Server 2012.


Install SQL Server 2012…


Install & Configure SharePoint Server 2013

Run SharePoint 2013 Preview Products Preparation Tool which will install all the prerequisites…


Once prerequisites software installed, please restart your Windows 2012 OS and install SharePoint 2013 Preview.

You can enter preview product key : 6RNT8-XV26M-GWH36-VMGQH-94MMH



Setup completed… now run configuration wizard to configure SharePoint 2013 preview… Smile 

SharePoint 2013 configuration Wizard helps to Install and configure features and services,Configure security and create sample data. 



Select Create a new server farm option


Enter SQL Server 2012 / 2008 R2 Instance name, User Name and Password.



If you wish to change default port no, please change as well (I change to port no 2013)



While installing SharePoint 2013 for a Stand-Alone setup on Hyper-V encounter some issues.

Step 3. "Failed to create a Configuration Database"

Step 3. “Failed to connect to the configuration database”

Step 3. “Failed to create sample database”

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To resolve above issue follow the steps

Step 1: SQL Server 2012 Management Studio Access the below (.\ZAREEF) > Security > Logins > {logged in user account} > Server Roles >

Step 2: Provide following server Roles for Administrator account

  • dbcreate
  • public
  • serveradmin
  • setupadmin
  • sysadmin


Step 3: Services required to run the Configuration Wizard

  • AppFabric Caching Service
  • SQL Server Agent (SHAREPOINT)
  • Workstation - need to be started.

Step 4:

  • Open a SharePoint PowerShell command prompt
  • . cd to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\15\BIN
  • Substituting your own values where needed, run the command:
  • .\PSCONFIG.EXE -cmd Configdb create SkipRegisterAsDistributedCacheHost user ZAREEF\Administrator password <yourpassowrd> passphrase <yourpassphrase>
  • Re-run the SharePoint 2013 Product Configuration Wizard.  It should run right through the first 3 steps and start processing from step 4.


Note, you may have to clean up databases created from previously failed attempts by the wizard. (else system will have more than one configuration and administration database).


configuration wizard will start from task 4 to 10 and complete….


Welcome to SharePoint 2013 preview… and follow the steps to configure Service Application and Site Collection to explore new features SmileOpen-mouthed smileThumbs up


Incase if need to Install & Configure using Virtual Box visit :

How to Creating Image 

Setup & Configure domain controller

Install & Configure SQL Server 2012

Install & Configure SharePoint 2013

Also SharePoint 2013 on Windows Server 2008 R2 with SQL Server 2008 R2

If you need to know How to Upgrade from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013 Step by Step by Ali.Mazaheri


SharePoint 2013 training for IT pros

Find IT pro-focused how-to training and walkthrough videos with this interactive course about SharePoint 2013 including changes and new features for search, social, plus deployment and performance/scalability.

Downloadable links for the presentations (.pptx) for each module are available later on this page. You can also download all presentations.



SharePoint 2013 training for developers

Developer-focused how to training and walkthrough videos about Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013 including changes and new features for search, social, ECM, WCM, and REST. Learn about apps for Office and SharePoint.

Important: These videos are based on an earlier preview version of Office 2013, SharePoint 2013, and Visual Studio so you might notice a few discrepancies


What is New in SharePoint 2013

  • Developer Tool : Visual Studio and SharePoint Designer, in addition to providing the release of newly developed web-based tool "Napa" Office 365 Development Tools for developing apps
  • Web Standard: Common web standards like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Furthermore, implementation relies on established protocols like the Open Data protocol (OData), and OAuth.
  • Mobility: SharePoint-powered mobile applications for Windows Phone using the new SharePoint phone application wizard template in Visual Studio
  • Social: Adds new features that improve and facilitate the enterprise social activities within the organization:
    • Follow people as well as content (documents, sites, tags)
    • Share personal documents easily and keep track of access
    • Keep up-to-date with activities of interest
    • Company Feeds


To learn about SharePoint 2013 Preview ESN Capabilities :

  • Community Site: Features such as reputation, categories, featured discussions, a question-post type, and best replies let community members easily find popular discussions, relevant information, and people with similar interests. Members build reputation as they participate in communities


  • Search: several enhancements, custom content processing with the Content Enrichment web service, and a new framework for presenting search result types. Additionally, there have been significant enhancements made to the keyword query language (KQL)


  • Workflow: SharePoint Designer 2013 Preview to author powerful workflows, and a new set of Visual Studio 2012 workflow project templates let developers access more sophisticated features like custom actions. Perhaps most importantly, Windows Azure Workflow is fully integrated with the model for apps for SharePoint
  • ECM: Newly expanded set of .NET server managed APIs, to customize Enterprise Content Management (ECM) experiences and behavior. Design Manager, Managed Navigation, Cross-Site Publishing and EDiscovery.
  • BCS : has been improved and enhanced in many ways, including OData connectivity, external data systems such as SAP, ERP, and CRM,external events, external data in apps, filtering and sorting, support for REST, and others
  • Application Service: Word Automation Services and PowerPoint Automation Services (a new feature for SharePoint). SharePoint also provides data analysis tools, like PerformancePoint Services and Visio Services, that enable business intelligence, and powerful new features in Excel Services

Changes SharePoint Server 2013 Preview.

  • The visual upgrade feature in SharePoint Server 2010 is not available in SharePoint 2013 Preview.
  • The Document Workspace site template is not available
  • The Personalization Site site template is not available
  • The Group Work site template is not available
  • Can't edit workbooks in the browser that have external data connections, due to design limitation
  • Web Analytics in SharePoint Server 2010 has been discontinued and Analytics processing for SharePoint 2013 Preview is now a component of the Search service.