UPDATE (3rd March 2013): I have created a new VM with SharePoint 2013 RTM and SQL Server 2012 on Windows Server 2012. This VM is available on my latest blog post at: https://gauravmahajan.net/2013/01/06/sharepoint-2013-rtm-on-win-server-2012-virtual-machine-download/. Consequently, I have deleted the files associated with this post. I have also disabled comments for this post and will recommend posting any new comments or feedback on the new post. Thanks again for visiting and for all your encouraging inputs!
UPDATE (6th Jan 2013): I have created a new VM with SharePoint 2013 RTM and SQL Server 2012 on Windows Server 2012. This VM is available on my blog at: https://gauravmahajan.net/2013/01/06/sharepoint-2013-rtm-on-win-server-2012-virtual-machine-download/. Consequently, I will be deleting the files associated with this blog in about a month (02/02/2013) so anyone downloading any files can finish the downloads. Thanks for all your feedback and comments!
Okay, so the SharePoint 2013 preview was released with Office 2013 preview last week. I am sure many, like me, must be excited to take a first look at this latest version of SharePoint. While the SharePoint 2013 Preview itself can be downloaded here, I spent some time creating and uploading a copy of the virtual machine for everyone’s benefit. But first, a couple of quick notes on it. The virtual machine:
- Was created using the VMWare Player version 4.04 which can be downloaded as a free download from the VMWare site.
- Was created using the 180 day evaluation versions Windows Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2008 R2 and the SharePoint 2013 preview, all of which can be downloaded here, here and here. If you’d like to, you can enter your own keys to activate the trial/ evaluation versions.
- Needs the evaluation version of the Windows Server 2008 R2 to be activated. You can activate the evaluation version (without th need to enter a product key) by following these steps:
- Start the product activation wizard (you can do this by clicking the “Activate Windows” link from the Server Manager).
- Go through the wizard and Click “Next” on the screen that asks you for the product key (without entering any key).
- This will go ahead and validate and activate the 180 day evaluation for Windows Server 2008 R2.
- Consists of 2 hard drives and a VMWare virtual machine configuration (.vmx) file. The hard drives themselves are part of 10 self-extracting .rar files (compressed to 8 GBs for the downloads, actual current size at 19 and 4 GBs and expandable upto 160 GBs each if needed).
- Has 4 GBs of RAM allocated to it by default (controlled by the settings in the “.vmx” file or via the virtual machine settings in the VMWare player )
- Currently has the following stopped to conserve resources:
- Search Host service application
- SQL Server Reporting Services service
- SQL Service Analysis Services service
- SQL Server Integration Services service
Following is the link to the folder containing the ReadMe.txt as well as the virtual machine configration file and the 1st hard drive: http://tinyurl.com/brvgtrk
Following is the link to the folder containing the files for the second hard drive: http://tinyurl.com/cgmw5hp
You will need to download all the .rar and .exe files on your machine and then run the “SP2013-C.part01.exe” and “SP2013-D.part1.exe” executables to unpack the virtual machine hard drives. After ensuring that you have the latest version of the VMWare Player installed, you can double click on the “SP2013.vmx” file to run the virtual machine. The password for all the accounts is part of the accompanying Readme.txt file. Hope you will find the VM useful and will let me know any feedback that you have! Happy SharePointing! :)
Comments and feedback welcome & appreciated!