Step by Step: Install SharePoint Foundation 2013 Preview

Written by Denis Stadler on . Posted in SharePoint 2013

Yesterday was a good day with important news from Microsoft. They announced the launch of the Office 2013 Customer Preview.

What happened in terms of Office Server a.k.a SharePoint? The answer is simple an it can be seen at the following links:

Before starting to watch the presentations, what I tried to do was to install SP 2013 Foundation Preview on a Windows 2012 Server RC Virtual Machine.


The first step was to download SharePoint 2013 Foundation and because I’m using a Hyper-V virtual machine, to change the extension of the downloaded file – SharePointFoundation_en-us_x64.img to .iso.

Before going further, I read the Hardware and software requirements for SharePoint 2013 Preview. What caught my attention is the following line: Development or evaluation installation of SharePoint Server 2013 Preview – 24 GB. Is this a mistake? Anyway I decided to go on with the installation on my virtual machine, which currently has 2GB of RAM. :)

So, let’s get started. My machine currently is in the default state (there are no roles and features installed on it).


First step is to install the software prerequisites. Click the Install software prerequisites link and then, in the newly opened window, the Next button.


Just read and accept the license agreement and wait for the installation to finish.


Everything was smoothly installed, so now I have to restart my computer. After one more restart, I’m ready to deploy SharePoint Foundation 2013 Preview.


Just click on the link and then accept the license agreement.


Even though I’m not a fan of this installation type, I would choose the Stand-alone option, just because I want to see the RAM usage behaviour of the system, after the SharePoint will have been deployed. To start the process click the Install now button.


SharePoint Foundation 2013 Preview was successfully installed so it’s time to run the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard.


The process takes a while to complete. It is interesting to see the memory consumption on the server while this process is running.


The configuring process is successful, so it’s time to to roll-up the curtain and see the central admininistration web application.


The Central Administration looks like it has Metro design (ribbon and main left navigation menu), but the inner-page still has the SharePoint 2010 flavour. It seems that there was already created a default web application so let’s browse to it.



Quick thing that I observed:

  • There is no Site Actions button.
  • In the Site Contents page there is a new concept – Apps, next to List and Libraries.

I will come back with other posts sharing my experience in the following weeks.

Conclusions:

  • The installation process is very similar to the one from SharePoint 2010.
  • With 2GB of Memory the system is very very slow, practically unusable. Use at least 4GB for a similar test environment (Windows 2012 Server + SharePoint 2013 Foundation Stand-alone installation). The interesting thing is, that a similar configuration with SharePoint 2010 (Windows 2008 Server + SharePoint 2010 Foundation Stand-alone installation), was working quite decent.

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Denis Stadler

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