Installing and Configuring a Three-Server SharePoint 2013 Environment: Part 1 of 4


I did an install of SharePoint 2013 on a single virtual machine last summer (2012). It works; but it has some shortcomings. A single virtual machine is not an ideal representation of a real SharePoint 2013 server environment. A three server environment provides a more realistic environment. I saw how I could create the three server environment on a more powerful laptop in a presentation at the SharePoint Technical Conference in San Francisco in March, 2013.

I also felt that I should configure the firewalls, services, and service accounts with best practices in mind. I had not done so the last time.

I still wanted to use VM Workstation to run all of the virtual machines. I don’t see a lot of demos and blogs that show how to do this. So I wanted to document the details related to VMWare as much as possible.

I also try to record every step I complete with screenshots. This makes for a long blog entry. So I split the details up into multiple blog entries. On the other hand, I am not showing every problem that I encountered. Some are just simple typos or I tried something that did not work. I just fix these and move on. Basically, I am showing what worked and sometimes I note where I encountered a significant problem and my solution. I’m also posting all images in original size.

This is a copy of the blog post that I originally posted here:

Installing and Configuring a Three-Server SharePoint 2013 Environment: Part 1 of 4

I am separating the details into four blog posts:

Installing and Configuring a Three-Server SharePoint 2013 Environment: Part 1 of 4

Installing and Configuring the Windows Domain Controller: Part 2 of 4

Installing and Configuring SQL Server 2012: Part 3 of 4

Installing and Configuring SharePoint 2013: Part 4 of 4

 

Hardware and Software

I am installing the environment on a Lenovo ThinkPad W530 laptop (Machine Type 2447 / Model CN4). The laptop has the following hardware specifications:

CPU Intel® Core™ i7-3820QM (3.70 GHz, 8MB L3, 1333MHz FSB)
Memory 32GB RAM (2 x Crucial CT3291640 16GB kit (8GBx2), 204-pin SODIMM)
Drive 1 256GB SDD
Drive 2 512GB SDD (replaced internal CD/DVD)
Optical Drive External CD/DVD (if needed)
SDHD Card 32GB Memory Card (if needed)
Graphics NVIDIA Quadro K1000M / Intel HD Graphics 4000 – 2 GB
Display 15.6”

This laptop is by far the most powerful computer that I have ever used. It never seems to slow down for anything. I was running another virtual machine with Windows 7 most of the time while installing and configuring the three Windows 2012 servers.

I use a second monitor from AOC (model e1649fwu) that plugs into a USB port. It has a 15.6” display and I take it with when I travel. It’s like having twice the workspace! It made writing these details and taking screenshots much easier.

I have plenty of drive space on external drives if needed. I use Acronis True Image Home 2012 for daily backups.

I have the following software installed on the laptop:

  • Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit)
  • Microsoft Office 2013
  • Microsoft Project 2013
  • Microsoft Visio 2013
  • Neat v5.1 SP4
  • SnagIt 9 Editor
  • VMWare Workstation 9.0.1
  • MagicISO Virtual CD/DVD Manager
  • EditPad Lite
  • AVG 2013 Anti-Virus Free

Resources

I used several resources to assist me with this installation. As already mentioned, I did a standalone installation of SharePoint 2013 on Windows Server 2008 last summer (2012). This effort will take more planning and preparation to get it right.

Title URL
Installing and Configuring SharePoint 2013 without screwing it up (too badly) http://www.slideshare.net/SPTechConSanFrancisco/how-to-install-sharepoint-2013-without-messing-it-up-by-todd-klindt-and-shane-young-stechcon
A simple install of SQL Server 2012 for SharePoint Server 2013 or 2010 http://msmvps.com/blogs/shane/archive/2012/09/17/a-simple-install-of-sql-server-2012-for-sharepoint-server-2013-or-2010.aspx
Step-by-Step Guide for Setting Up Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/12370.step-by-step-guide-for-setting-up-windows-server-2012-domain-controller.aspx
Installation SharePoint 2013 Step by Step http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/14209.installation-sharepoint-2013-step-by-step.aspx
Service Account Suggestions for SharePoint 2013 http://www.toddklindt.com/SP2013ServiceAccounts
SharePoint 2013 Service Accounts Best Practices Explained http://www.absolute-sharepoint.com/2013/01/sharepoint-2013-service-accounts-best.html
Account permissions and security settings in SharePoint 2013 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc678863.aspx

My Configuration Plan

I need to keep more files on Drive 2 as it has more disk space available. This is a bit of a balancing act to spread the load. It would be nice if both of my drives were 512GB SDDs (or larger).

Domain Controller
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Memory: 1GB RAM
  • CPU: 1
  • Drive: 1x32GB
  • IP Address: 192.168.67.11
  • Domain: contoso.com
  • Name: server2012dc
  • Target Drive: 1
SQL Server
  • Windows Server 2012
  • SQL Server 2012 Standard SP1
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • CPU: 4
  • Drive: 1x80GB, 1x40GB
  • IP Address: 192.168.67.12
  • Domain: contoso.com
  • Name: server2012sql
  • Target Drive: 2 (OS and SQL Server install)
  • Target Drive: 1 (Database install)
SharePoint 2013 Server
  • Windows Server 2012
  • SharePoint Server 2013
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • CPU: 4
  • Drive: 1x80GB
  • IP Address: 192.168.67.13
  • Domain: contoso.com
  • Name: server2012sp
  • Target Drive: 2

Installing on VMWare Workstation

I am using the default VMnet8 network within VMWare.

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I will keep the NAT settings as is. Note that the Gateway IP address is 192.168.67.2.

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I will keep the Auto detect available DNS Servers setting.

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I will keep the DHCP settings as is. I plan to use static IP addresses for the servers.

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This blog entry is the shortest of the four entries.

Installing and Configuring a Three-Server SharePoint 2013 Environment: Part 1 of 4

Installing and Configuring the Windows Domain Controller: Part 2 of 4

Installing and Configuring SQL Server 2012: Part 3 of 4

Installing and Configuring SharePoint 2013: Part 4 of 4

 

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