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:
- MS Download Center – SharePoint Foundation 2013 Preview
- SharePoint 2013 training for IT pros
- SharePoint 2013 training for developers
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.
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).
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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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