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July 26, 2012

SharePoint Server 2013 Preview – Development Environment Installation and Performance Experience

As everyone knows Microsoft released SP2013 Preview (Beta) last week and most of the SharePoint developers are curious to install it and few might have already started exploring. I am sure there is enough blog post around to guide you through the installation. The main intention of the blog post would be to elaborate more on the system configuration and performance from developer perspective

As we know the minimum hardware configuration is pretty high for setting up development environment, developers are worried if they can install and work with a lower configuration. I would say it’s possible but you need to be patient enough to see the “Working on It” screen for some time.

To start with I have the following hardware and software configuration


Hard disk
500 GB
Core i7 , 1.6 Ghz

You might be assuming this is a pretty good hardware configuration, but that’s not the case with SharePoint 2013. It eats up almost 3.8 GB of Ram when you start using it and this where you start seeing “Working on it” screen for longer duration when you start creating a site collection. It took almost 5-8 minutes to create my first site collection on the default port.

If you are planning for better usage please don’t run the SharePoint Farm Configuration Wizard for all the services, as this would end up in seeing “Working on it” for almost 20 – 30 minutes.

Here is the snapshot of Physical Memory usage and Process performance

Developers who are facing issues in installing SP2013, it would save your time if you read through the Software Requirement thoroughly before you start installation. Following are the steps which I followed during my first hazel free installation of SharePoint 2013.

  • Install Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard/Enterprise, Add Roles for Active Directory Domain Services, DNS, and IIS etc.
  • Install Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1
  • Install service Pack for IIS
  • Configure Domain controller, and provide a domain name, so that you can create multiple active directory users.
  • Install Dot Net Framework 4.5 RC
  • Install SQL Server 2008 R2
  • Install SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 for SQL Server 2008 R2 ,SQL Management Studio (Optional)
  • Run the SP Server 2013 Preview setups, and Install the prerequisites, Make sure all the prerequisites are installed successfully.
  • Runt the SP2013 Server Preview setup
  • Finally run the SharePoint configuration wizard.

I have decided to work with  the system for next 1 week, if the performance further degrades then will go ahead for upgrading my RAM from 4GB to 8GB (max configuration my laptop can support L)

Note: The above system performance will be different for different hardware configuration

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