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Building a Test Environment for SharePoint 2013, Part 1

In a video tutorial Creating a SharePoint 2013 testing environment – Part 1 – Setting up Windows 2008 properties, Asif Rehmani, SharePoint MVP and MCT presents the required steps that must be taken with Windows Server 2008 to support a SharePoint 2013 test and development environment.

The first step that Asif Rehmani takes is to shut off the firewall features for the server, which will be used for testing purposes. He also disables the IE ESC (Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Consideration) feature. A remote desktop will be used to configure Windows Server 2008 for SharePoint 2013 testing, which will perform better with these security features disabled.

The Desktop Experience, Group Policy, and the Windows Power Shell Integrated Environment must all be installed. The Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 must also be installed. Once Service Pack 1 has been installed, administrators should verify that the server has been properly configured by reviewing the System Screen in the System and Security folder.

The next step that Asif takes in this video tutorial is to run a “disable loop back check” fix for the registry key. The script provided is run in Power Shell by simply right clicking on the file name in Windows Explorer. The script disables the loop back check feature of the server.

It is advisable for any organization to first build a test and development environment for SharePoint 2013 before proceeding to an installation. It is much easier to work with problems in a prototype environment than it is in a production environment. Testing procedures makes a lot of sense for organizations already supported with SharePoint Server 2010. Any day to day operations built for SharePoint 2010 must work fine for end users in a new SharePoint 2013 environment if user adoption of the platform is to remain healthy. Taking the steps outlined in this tutorial, as well as the subsequent steps demonstrated in the following videos in this series are worth the time required.

In the next post to this blog we will look at the next video tutorial in this series, which presents the steps required to install SQL Server 2012 for the test environment.

Ira Michael Blonder

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