SharePoint 2013 was released about Jul 2012. I did some test in some new and interesting features such as
– More social
– New Service Applications
– Modern (Metro) style solution
– SharePoint App and App Store
– OAuth Authentication Support
– SharePoint Duet
– New Versioning
– SharePoint 2013 and Infopath Office 15
– SharePoint and Biztalk integration
– ….
Today I would like to write article series about SharePoint 2013 preview version.
In this version, Microsoft provide 2 options for download
SharePoint Foundation 2013 Preview
Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Preview (Installation Key: 6RNT8-XV26M-GWH36-VMGQH-94MMH)
– And SharePoint Designer 2013 review version also introduced.

This article, I would like to walk through installation and trouble shooting. Before start, you should refer to hardwares and softwares requirements.
In totally, it required for 64bit platform with 64-bit edition of SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter or the 64-bit edition of Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter.
If you got this error message on starting as below, Don’t forget to install Service Pack 1 if you have Windows Server 2008 R2 already, download at

After completed Windows 2008 R2 SP1, it’s now ready to install Prerequisites

Use product key from MS site

Installation progress about 10-15 minutes

After intallation finished, system will ask you to start for Configuration Wizard, just say Yes to open PSConfig.  A message will be shown as below. Click Yes to confirm and start the wizard.

Input Database server and database name. Make sure Database access account have write permission on DB server.

Give the passphrase, this password will be used to add more front-end server to farm or uninstall

You should specify easy remember port number instead of default.

Configuration progress about 10minutes.

After finished configuration process, it will show you Central Administration page for initial farm configuration. A helper popup will show, select No to skip the introduction

In Initial Farm Configuration Wizard, I select “Cancel”, you can select “Start the Wizard” to make SharePoint setup all Service Application automatically, but in my experience, you should handle by your self to define data table name and avoid losing of memory from unused service applications

Finally, you have Central Administration page for SharePoint 2013 as below.

Next articles, we will go through setting up for important service applications.

SharePoint 2013 – Setup Secure Store Service

Hoang Nhut Nguyen

Skype: hoangnhut.nguyen