With SharePoint Server 2013, Microsoft® has reduced the set of compatible versions of Windows Server and SQL Server. Administrators can choose from either Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, or Windows Server 2012. SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 or 2012 will also work fine with SharePoint Server 2013. As Michael Noel notes in our video tutorial, What’s New in SharePoint 2013 for Administrators – Part One, administrators interested in using the 2012 version of both of these servers, with SharePoint Server 2013, should come up to speed with the new, clickable, tile interfaces that is a hallmark of the new 2012 server versions. In fact, it will be difficult for SharePoint administrators, otherwise unfamiliar with these new interfaces, to work efficiently with them. There is not much in the way of unique new features of Windows Server for SharePoint Server 2013 (though Michael Noel does cite the improved HyperV component as a good reason to think seriously about Windows Server 2012), but it is clearly easier to work with SQL Server 2012 with this new SharePoint server version, based on its “always on” feature set and several new business tools, including an improved reporting services component.
This version of SharePoint Server does need a lot more memory than previous versions. It also needs more CPU cycles to do its work efficiently. The video includes a table of memory and processor requirements, per server stage, which will likely be of interest to SharePoint administrators planning for SharePoint Server 2013. Michael Noel also provides course attendees with a “rule of thumb method” to calculate memory requirements as they contemplating “app pools” to the server.
Michael Noel also looks specifically at changes in the “Service Application Model”, which are new with SharePoint Server 2013. “Web Apps” are no longer a service application, nor is Web Analytics, any longer, its own service application.
So this video tutorial will likely be a “must see” for administrators planning on a SharePoint Server 2013 migration.
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