Archive for July, 2012

SharePoint 2013 – New Site Templates

July 22nd, 2012 Comments off

Microsoft has introduced some new site templates in SharePoint 2013. This post only list the new templates under each category.


  • Developer Site
  • Project Site
  • Community Site


  • Discovery Center
  • Community Portal
  • Fast Search Centre (Removed)


  • Product Catalog

Have fun!

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SharePoint 2010 Experience in New Site of SharePoint 2013

July 22nd, 2012 Comments off

One interesting thing I have noticed in SharePoint 2013 preview is that when you create a new site there is an option to select the site experience. You can choose from 2013 and 2010. Obviously 2013 is the default option. You can see the below snapshot for quick reference.

You can also see from the image that there is a new site template (Product Catalog) available in SharePoint 2013 for publishing sites. When you select 2010 template, your page will refresh and will only show the two site templates Publishing Portal and Enterprise Wiki.

Your 2013 site using Publishing Portal will look like this.

If you select the 2010 experience for new site. Your site using the same Publishing Portal site template will look like this.


Run the Configuration Wizard for SharePoint 2013

July 21st, 2012 Comments off

One you have completed the Installation as mentioned in the previous blog. Now it is time to run the SharePoint 2013 configuration wizard. If you have done it with SharePoint 2007 and 2010 then it won’t be different really.

Just click Next on screen 1.

It will prompt to start a few services. Click Yes and continue.

It will start the process. On step 2 or 3 you can see a Configuration Failed error. If you see this error then solution is provided in my earlier blog.

As you know it is just a preview so you may also see an error on Step 8. When it creates Sample Data. You can simply ignore this issue. Because it is just creation of sample data.

Once your configuration is completed you can start the central admin site. Yeah, your SharePoint 15 is all set up now.


Steps to Install SharePoint 2013 – (Preview)

July 21st, 2012 3 comments

Finally the day is here when I’m doing my first install of SharePoint 2013. I think every SharePoint person was waiting for this time eagerly. So come to point and see the steps here.

I created a VM using VMWare. I allocated 6GB memory for the SP2013. I hope it will work. Also it is mentioned to have at least 6GB memory for development machine. So hopeful!

First install the Windows Server 2008 R2. I prefer to avoid Windows Server 2012 release candidate. Then it would be too much risk to use all the pre final software. Then installed the SQL server 2012. It was very straight forward. You can also install SQL Server 2008 R2.

Now the main thing, yes SharePoint 2013. Start the installation. First screen is the same looking as SharePoint 2010. Click on the Install software prerequisites.

It will show the list of all the prerequisites. Just click the Next.

Accept the terms and click Next.

When It finish the process. It will show the Finish screen. One thing it will take some minutes to finish so be patient.

At this point it will ask you to restart the computer. After the restart it will start the process again and install few more configuration items.

When it finishes all the pre requisites installation it will show a final screen.

You need to restart your machine manually here. It will complete the pre requisites installation.

Now double click the SharePoint setup again. It will open the main screen again. Click on Install SharePoint Server. It will start the SharePoint installation.

Enter the product key provided by Microsoft.

Accept the terms and conditions on next screen.

If you are installing everything on one machine then choose Stand-alone. If you are doing a multiple server farm then you will select Complete. In Complete mode you will also need to provide the domain user account. Your local account will not be acceptable for connecting to databases.

It will start the process.

When it finishes the process it will ask to start configuration wizard. Now here it is up to you if you can’t to start configuration now or some other time. But the installation is done.

Have fun!

SharePoint 2012 – Configuration Failed to Create / Connect Configuration Database

July 21st, 2012 Comments off

Great you run the SharePoint 2013 configuration wizard and it gives you error on Step 2 or 3. Configuration Failed as the message is

“Failed to create the configuration database”.

Interestingly this error is reported with Stand Alone installations.  In fact when your machine is not connected to AD and service is running under Network Service account then it cannot create configuration database.

Solution is simple as well. Open command prompt and point to the bin directory in 15 hive. Yes now it is 15 hive. Run this command…..

psconfig.exe -cmd Configdb create SkipRegisterAsDistributedCacheHost

It will create the database. Now you can run the configuration wizard again.


SharePoint 2013 Important Links

July 19th, 2012 Comments off

SharePoint 2013 is really hot now a days. Here you can find some important links to grab some information and download links for SharePoint 2013.

SharePoint Server 2013 Preview Download:

SharePoint Foundation 2013 Preview Download:

SharePoint 2013 & Office 2013 Training For Developers:

SharePoint 2013 Training For IT Pros:

Start: Set up the development environment for SharePoint 2013:


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