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Installing SharePoint Server 2013 Preview

In July of 2012, Rehmani Consulting, Inc. published a video training course on installing SharePoint 2013 Technical Preview software on SharePoint-Videos.com. The video course is authored by Asif Rehmani, SharePoint MVP and MCT.

As Asif Rehmani notes at the start of this video course, a “number of software prerequisites must be installed prior to installing SharePoint Server 2013 Preview.” Therefore, when planning a test environment be sure to select one that will support software prerequisites, including the 4.5 .NET framework and more. Plan, as well, on a number of restart during the installation process. In fact processes will be loaded that must be started before contingent processes, that follow, can be installed.

Once the software prerequisites and SharePoint Server 2013 Preview have been installed, A SharePoint Administrator will “go back to the splash screen” (quoted from Asif Rehmani’s video course, a link for which has been provided, above). From the Graphical User Interface (GUI) on this screen, a click on the “Install SharePoint Server” button will commence the process of actually installing the SharePoint Server 2013 Preview. Note: a product key will be required, so be sure to have one prior to initiating the installation.

On a couple of occasions Asif Rehmani notes that the installation will take quite awhile. We echo this warning as we are presently installing a virtual machine for SharePoint Server 2013 RTM (Release to Manufacturing) and can attest to the fact that several hours of simply loading software will likely be in the offing once one starts up this process.

Once the installation has been successfully completed, then the configuration wizard, which is included with this preview, will start up automatically. Users will have the option of either connecting to an existing server farm, or starting up a new one. Asif Rehmani opts to start up a new one in this video. In the course of starting up this new server farm a location for several databases will have to be established and a database administrator account will have to be specified in order for the installation to proceed.

It makes sense to note any pass phrases that are entered as these databases are added, as at a later time the same pass phrases will be required to proceed further with the installation. Once the configuration has been successfully completed, a SharePoint Administrator will be taken to the Central Administration screen to proceed further with the installation.

In the next post we will continue our commentary on this video training course.

Ira Michael Blonder

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