Friday, October 26, 2012

Unboxing SharePoint Server 2013 Preview

Although SharePoint Foundation/Server Preview 2013 has been out for quite some time now, I have decided to make a clean install and share the results.

Software Requirements
Requirements are Windows Server 2008 R2 w/ SP1 or Windows Server 2012 RC.
Things may get hairy if the wrong version is used, so we should make sure that doesn't happen:
- Get Windows 2008 Server R2 (not R1/RTM) w/ SP1, 64 bit, English, Standard/Enterprise/Data Center
- Don't use the "core" versions, which seem to be minimalist setups, not for "hands-on"
- Don't use checked/debug builds. I did and I kept getting "update is not applicable to your computer"
- Avoid other versions (Web), builds (x86) and languages
- Avoid trial versions, that when burned may ask for CD/DVD drivers and get stuck on the install process

Install Procedure
If you have sucessully downloaded and burned a working copy of W2008 Server R2 x64, and SP1 is installed (ootb or manual install), just enable Internet access and the prerequisites should install fine:
- Enable the Wireless LAN Service feature so that your WIFI links work.
- Activate the OS
- Run the Prerequisite checker/installer (should ask for a single restart after the .NET Framework 4.5)

- Actually install SharePoint Server 2013
- Run the configuration wizard (here comes trouble. running the below will fix future issues)

Issue #1 - substatus error
Run under SharePoint Management Shell,
psconfig.exe -cmd Configdb create SkipRegisterAsDistributedCacheHost

Issue #2 - sddl error
Run under SharePoint Management Shell,
$SearchServ = Get-Credential [Your Search Account]
New-SPManagedAccount -Credential $SearchServ

- Even if the configuration still fails on "creating sample data", both the Central Admin and the port 80 sites will be working correctly.

Now we can:
- Add the sites to the IE Local Intranet zone list to avoid password request on the host machine
- Change the user display name

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