Installing a SharePoint 2013 Development Environment

July 31, 2012 at 2:38 pm 1 comment

As soon as the SharePoint 2013 Preview was released a couple of weeks ago I proceeded to build a development environment so I could experience first hand the new installation process and technologies like NAPA. This is how I built it.

1.- Install Windows Server 2012 RC

First you need to download and install Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate. The installation process is just like the one in Windows 2008, the only difference is that you must choose between a server core or GUI installation.

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If you are new to the Metro interface in Windows 2012 I recommend you to read the Desktop Windows 8 survival guide by Tim Anderson before proceeding any further.

Also remember to create the domain accounts needed to perform the SQL and SharePoint Server installations (SQL Service, SharePoint Setup and SharePoint Farm)

2.- Install SQL Server 2012

Once the operative system is installed, you can proceed to install SQL Server 2012 Developer Edition. The steps involved are quite similar to the SQL Server 2008 Setup so I won’t get in too much detail.

Once the setup is running in the feature selection windows make sure you select the following options.

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In the Reporting Services Configuration leave the default options and click Next.

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Once all the configuration information has been entered verify the features summary and click on Install to proceed.

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Make all the components installed Ok and click on Close.

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After SQL Server 2012 is installed don’t forget to assign the proper permissions to the SharePoint setup and farm accounts.

3.- Install SharePoint 2013 Prerequisites

At this point you have already installed the operative system and database. Now you need to download the Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Preview.

Once the installation media has been downloaded mount the corresponding image and run the prerequisites setup. This process is just like in SharePoint 2010

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Once all the prerequisites are properly installed and configured review the report and click on Finish.

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4.- Install SharePoint Server 2013

With the prerequisites in place the last step to end the installation process is to run the SharePoint Server setup.

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Just like in SharePoint Server 2010 don’t forget to select Complete as Server Type and proceed with the installation process.

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If everything goes Ok and no errors are present in the process at the end of it you will be prompted to run the configuration wizard.

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5.- Run the SharePoint Server 2013 Configuration Wizard

Here also everything is pretty much the same as in SharePoint 2010, however in SQL Server 2012 the traditional permissions defined for the SharePoint setup account (dbcreator and securityadmin) are not enough and the configuration fails when trying to set the max degree of parallelism setting in the SQL Server database instance.

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To overcome this error you can previously log into the SQL Server instance and manually change the setting

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or run the following commands in the server:

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With the setting corrected you can now continue with the configuration wizard

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6.- Launch the SharePoint Central Administration website

If no more errors were generated in the Configuration Wizard the confirmation window will be show and you will be redirected to the SharePoint Central Administration website.

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Because this is a development server installation it is Ok if you choose to use the wizard to configure the SharePoint farm. Be advised however, that this is not recommended for production environments.

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In the next screen select the services you want to run in the farm and the domain account needed to operate them.

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Once the services are correctly provisioned you can enter the parameters needed to create the first site collection of the farm

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Let the wizard end and click on Finish

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Now your farm and site are ready and you can proceed with the next steps

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6.- Install Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013

You can get the Office 2013 installation media by two means:

a) Download the offline ISO files

b) Register for the Office 365 ProPlus Preview.

Once the installation media is in place simply accept the Terms and Conditions and install Office Professional Plus 2013

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7.- Install SharePoint Designer 2013

Download the SharePoint Designer 2013 installation file and run the set up process.

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8.- Install Visual Studio 2012 Release Candidate

Download the Visual Studio 2012 RC installation media and proceed with the setup process.

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9.- Install Microsoft Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012

Right now Visual Studio 2012 doesn’t have native support for SharePoint 2013 development, only for the 2010 version.

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To enable SharePoint 2013 project templates and artifacts in Visual Studio 2012 you need to download the Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 web installer.

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Run the installer

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In the description screen click on the Install button to proceed

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If you want to know what specific components are being installed just click on More information

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Once the installer ends review the status screen and click on Finish.

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Now open Visual Studio 2012 and make sure the new SharePoint 2013 project templates are available.

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At this point you are ready to begin testing and developing for SharePoint 2013 Preview.

As you can see, the current installation process for SharePoint 2013 is almost exactly the same as in SharePoint 2010. If you are familiar with the former you should not have any complications in setting up a test environment.

From here you can proceed and test the new NAPA toolset or even download and configure the new Office 2013 Web Apps .

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