Installing SharePoint 2013 on Windows Server 2012 – Part 3

After installed SQL Server 2012 from part 2, is time to install SharePoint Server 2013.

Download SharePoint Server 2013 Prerequisites PowerShell Scripts

Even though SharePoint installer will install all the prerequisites via online, but I sometimes prefer that I have a copy offline, because I don’t like to waste my bandwidth to redownload the installers when I want to reinstall my SharePoint for some reason.

There are some PowerShell scripts available in TechNet download, which help us to achieve that. So, get the scripts from there and extract the zip file.

Download Prerequisites

We need to open up PowerShell as administrator (right click and run as Administrator), then navigate to the folder containing that script (if you not prefer to type the path name later on).

Then execute following command:

Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted

And then key in Y and hit enter.

Setting execution policy

Setting execution policy

And then when that done, we can execute our Download-SP2013PreReqFiles.ps simply by executing the following command:

.\Download-SP2013PreReqFiles.ps1

When it ask for the download folder, key in the name of the folder created before hand.

Executing PowerShell script

Executing PowerShell script

If all went well, the PowerShell script will start to download the prerequisites files, and yes, this part we need Internet connection.

Downloading prerequisites

Downloading prerequisites

While it downloading, there is a nice little “progress bar” on the screen, showing lots of o.

Download progress

oooooo, longer than Google search results

Before installing the prerequisites, we might need to install some features that we didn’t install when installing Windows Server.

So run the following command:

.\Install-SP2013RolesFeatures

If we were installing offline, we need to mount the ISO or insert the DVD, then we also need to specified the sources\sxs folder in the installation media.

Install roles and features

Install roles and features

After that there will be more O’s to see, and wait, it runs fairly slow for offline installation. It does required restart after installation finish.

After rebooted, copy everything in the SharePoint Server 2013 installation DVD/ISO into a folder on local drive (I use C:\SharePointInstaller here). Then copy every prerequisites files we downloaded using the PowerShell script into the SharePoint Server 2013 installation folder, inside the prerequisiteinstallerfiles folder. For e.g. C:\SharePointInstaller\prerequisiteinstallerfiles\.

Prepare prerequisites files

Prepare prerequisites files

After that head back to PowerShell and run the following command

.\Install-SP2013PreReqFiles.ps1

Then key in folder path for the SharePoint Server 2013 installation folder, e.g. C:\SharePointInstaller.

After that the installation wizard will shows up, click next and agree with the terms, and finish the installation, even though will downloaded files, it still takes time to install. After prerequisite installed, reboot the server.

After rebooted, launch the SharePoint Server 2013 installer.

Installation wizard

Installation wizard

It should get through the prerequisites checking and prompt for serial key, they key should be provided when downloading the SharePoint Server 2013 Preview from Technet.

After agree with terms and condition, click next all the way and the installation started.

Installation progress

Installation progress

Sit down and have a cup of coffee and wait the installation to finish.

Run configuration wizard

Run configuration wizard

When the installation finish, click close and leave the check box checked and SharePoint Configuration Wizard will pop up.

Configuration wizard

Configuration wizard

Just click Next and Yes on the dialog.

New server farm

New server farm

Then key in database settings, key in your credential. Make sure the database service is running.

Database settings

Database settings

Key in the passphrase.

Passphrase

Passphrase

Next, configure the central administration.

Configure CA

Configure CA

Specify the port number for the SharePoint Central Administration, leave the security to NTLM and click Next.

Complete configuration

Complete configuration

Click Next to complete the configuration settings, and wait for the some what lengthy configuration process.

Configuration successful

Configuration successful

After click Finish button, a browser will be open, just login with the local administrator.

Login to CA

Login to CA

Now to configure the SharePoint, again, make sure the browser are run as Administrator if the current logged in not already an administrator, else there were some links in central administration will be hidden.

CA configuration

CA configuration

Launch CA configuration wizards

Launch CA configuration wizards

Start CA configuration wizards

Start CA configuration wizards

This screen can be found when the first access to the CA. Yes, so many clicks, to get to the actual start wizard button.

Configure service account

Configure service account

Setup a new managed account or use existing one.

Create site collection

Create site collection

After a long wait, we’re presented with a Create Site Collection page, just key in the detail and click OK, it is fine to skip at this stage (that’s what the Skip button for!), after another long process, we can now access our SharePoint 2013 sites, e.g. http://win2012/sites/mydevelopment, in this example.

We have our site now, but notice if trying to access to http://localhost we get 404 error, this is because we set the URL to having sites when creating the site collection on the screen shot above, to fix that, just set the url to /.

Create root site

Create root site

 

13 thoughts on “Installing SharePoint 2013 on Windows Server 2012 – Part 3

  1. Thanks for the post. Any idea why none of the sites come up after I finish creating them? The only one that works is the Central Admin site. All others give me a 404, Webpage cannot be found error.

    1. Did you enter the proper URL in the Create Site Collection page? That will be the URL you use to access your site. Check the last two screen shots, I faced the 404 issue previously.

  2. I used your tutorial to install sharepoint 2013 on Windows server 2012, and it worked like a charm. Now i am learning basic usage from lynda videos and advance from other books. Thanks again for really amazing tutorials.

  3. I followed your steps but got error on sharepoint prerequest : error: Application server role, web server IIS role. configuration error

  4. There was an error during installation.
    The tool was unable to install application serve Role,web server (IIS) role

      1. IIS role has been added.What I did was to follow another blog to manually install SP prerequest and works now. not sure why Microsoft makes us life so tough

        Still thanks for you posted it and it works most of parts.

  5. I am very appreciative for all the tutorial that you. Finally I installed SharePoint 🙂

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