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Using the Wizard to Configure SharePoint Server 2013 Preview and Setting Up a Site Collection

This is the second in our two part commentary on a video training course, Installing SharePoint Server 2013 Preview, authored by Asif Rehmani, SharePoint MVP and MCT. A wizard is available with SharePoint Server 2013 Preview to configure a farm. Asif Rehmani recommends using the existing managed service account, which was set up earlier in this video tutorial. Simply by clicking check boxes the services can be selected that the wizard will proceed to install. In our demonstration video all of the available services are checked for installation.

New Site Collections are added under the primary web application on the Central Administration screen. As we demonstrate in this video, a new site collection can either be hosted at the root level of the primary web application, or in the /sites folder. It is noted in this course that only one site collection can be hosted at the root level, therefore, care should be exercised when choosing the specific site collection for hosting at this level.

At the same time that an administrator uses the wizard to identify where a new site collection is to be hosted, for SharePoint 2013, it is also possible to select the “experience” for users with regard to how the site collection will be exposed for daily processing. “Experience” here refers to the functional branding of the site; in other words, the look and feel, or the graphical style of the GUI, as well as how the functional features (site settings, documents, list buttons) are displayed to users. The options are to select a “2013” “experience” or a “2010” “experience. For our video course, Asif Rehmani selects a “2013” “experience”.

As is the case for configuring site collections for earlier versions of SharePoint, it is possible to select the template type. For this video we demonstrate how to implement a team site template for this new, top level site collection.

Finally, an administrator needs to be designated to actually manage the new site collection. For the purposes of our video training course, the farm administrator is designated the administrator for this new site collection.

In sum, this video provides IT organizations and even business users with a set of steps that can be readily taken by a SharePoint Administrator to build a test environment where teams can work with the new SharePoint 2013 environment without fear of disrupting production environments, or even other test environments.

Once all of the settings for the new site collection have been set, the wizard is activated. Our video course on this topic concludes with a look at the new site collection where most of the testing can be done (with regards to branding, shared document library notions, etc) as users work with the preview edition of SharePoint Server 2013.

Ira Michael Blonder

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