The installation process has not changed much from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013. The bigger change is in the Prerequisite software. But the Prerequisite installer takes good care of this part.

In this article you will find quick steps to install SharePoint Server 2013 Preview and allow you to test drive this new version of SharePoint.  These steps are a good starting point to work with the Preview version, but I would add more steps before installing a production environment. You will find the hardware and software requirements for the SharePoint Servers and Database Servers.

Installation quick Steps:

  1. Download SharePoint Server 2013 Preview from: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/evalcenter/hh973397.aspx?wt.mc_id=TEC_121_1_33
  2. Install the 64-bit edition of 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 on the SharePoint Server with the minimum Software and Hardware (see below)
  3. Join SharePoint Server to the domain
  4. Install the 64-bit edition of 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 on the SQL Server with at least the minimum software and hardware requirements (See below)
  5. Join the SQL Server to the domain
  6. Install The 64-bit edition of SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (Minimum requirement you can install SQL Server 2012)
  7. Create an account for installation and make this account Local administrator on the SharePoint Server
  8. Give the installation account the dbcreator and securityadmin Role on the SQL Server instance.
  9. Log on the SharePoint Server with the installation account created previously and install the SharePoint Server 2013 prerequisite either from the set-up page or the command (see below).
  10. Create a domain account for the SharePoint farm administration.
  11. From the set-up page Install SharePoint Server 2013 Preview on the SharePoint Server
  12. Once the SharePoint Server 2013 preview installation is completed you need to run the SharePoint Configuration Wizard to create a new farm. You have two options Complete or Standalone ( I recommend Complete)
  13. You will need the name of the SQL Server, the name of the farm configuration database, the username and password of the farm service account and a Passphrase.
  14. Once the SharePoint configuration Wizard completes you could run the Farm configuration Wizard to configure the services. I prefer configuring the services using PowerShell scripts or manually. I don’t like the Wizards.

If everything goes well the SharePoint Central Administration site will open up in your browser and you will be able to configure your farm and create Web applications to test SharePoint Server 2013 Preview.

Note: Using the following link you can download a Deployment guide for SharePoint Server 2013 preview where you will find additional steps to install and configure your SharePoint 2013 preview farm. Ex: How to create a SQL Alias, and how to configure SQL Server to be more secure.

Important:
SharePoint 2013 Preview does not support single label domain names. For more information, see Information about configuring Windows for domains with single-label DNS names.

Hardware and software requirement SharePoint Server:

Installation Scenario

Deployment type and scale

RAM

Processor

Hard disk space

Single server with a built-in database or single server that uses SQL Server Development or evaluation installation of SharePoint Foundation 2013 Preview 8 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive
Single server with a built-in database or single server that uses SQL Server Development or evaluation installation of SharePoint Server 2013 Preview 24 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive
Web server or application server in a three-tier farm Pilot, user acceptance test, or production deployment of SharePoint Server 2013 Preview 12 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive

Minimum software requirements for front-end web servers and application servers in a farm:

  • The 64-bit edition of 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.
  • KB 2554876 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2554876)
  • Windows KB -IIS Configuration Changes KB 2708075 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2708075)
  • The Microsoft SharePoint Products Preparation Tool installs the following prerequisites for front-end web servers and application servers in a farm:
    • Web Server (IIS) role
    • Application Server role
    • Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.5 Release Candidate (RC)
    • SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 Native Client
    • Microsoft WCF Data Services 5.0
    • Microsoft Information Protection and Control Client (MSIPC)
    • Microsoft Sync Framework Runtime v1.0 SP1 (x64)
    • Windows Management Framework 3.0 Release Candidate (RC) which includes Windows PowerShell 3.0
    • Windows Identity Foundation (WIF) 1.0 and Microsoft Identity Extensions (previously named WIF 1.1)
    • Windows Server AppFabric
    • Cumulative Update Package 1 for Microsoft AppFabric 1.1 for Windows Server (KB 2671763)

The SharePoint 2013 Preview prerequisite installer (prerequisiteinstaller.exe) will install the prerequisite. It can be run from the set-up page or from a command line.


When you run it from the set-up page you will need internet connectivity on your server to download the packages. When you run it from the command line, you can download all the packages and tell the installer to install from the downloaded packages.

NOTE: The prerequisite installer creates log files at %TEMP%\prerequisiteinstaller.<date>.<time>.log. You can check these log files for specific details about all changes the installer makes to the target computer.

Hardware and Software requirement Database Server:

Component

Minimum requirement

Processor
  • 64-bit, 4 cores for small deployments
  • 64-bit, 8 cores for medium deployments
RAM
  • 8 GB for small deployments
  • 16 GB for medium deployments

For large deployments, see the “Estimate memory requirements” section in Storage and SQL Server capacity planning and configuration (SharePoint Server 2010).

These values are larger than those recommended as the minimum values for SQL Server because of the distribution of data that is required for a SharePoint 2013 Preview environment. For more information about SQL Server system requirements, see Hardware and Software Requirements for Installing SQL Server 2008 R2.

Hard disk 80 GB for system drive
Hard disk space depends on how much content that you have in your deployment. For information about how to estimate the amount of content and other databases for your deployment, see Storage and SQL Server capacity planning and configuration (SharePoint Server 2010).

Minimum requirements for a database server in a farm:

Source:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262485(office.15).aspx

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