SharePoint 2013 RTM on Windows Server 2012: Virtual Machine Download

UPDATE: I have created a new VM with SharePoint 2013 SP1 and SQL Server 2014 on Windows Server 2012 R2. This updated VM is available on my blog at: https://gauravmahajan.net/2014/08/17/sharepoint-server-2013-sp1-virtual-machine-download/. The licenses on VM available through the blog below have expired and I’ll recommend getting the new VM from the above link. Thanks for all your feedback and comments!

Since the time I created this SharePoint 2013 Virtual machine using the preview version on Windows Server ’08 quite a few enthusiasts have asked if I could upload one with SharePoint 2013 RTM and Win Server 2012. So I spent some time these holidays to create and upload one. Here it goes…

  1. The VM was created using the VMWare Player version 6 which can be downloaded as a free download from the VMWare site.
  2. It was created using the 180 day evaluation versions Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012 (see below) and the SharePoint 2013. If you’d like to, you can enter your own keys to activate the trial/ evaluation versions.
  3. It consists of 6 hard drives and a VMWare virtual machine configuration (.vmx) file. Both the configuration file and hard drives are part of self-extracting .rar files (with the actual total current size at about 35 GBs) which can be downloaded from the download links below.
  4. It has 8 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 )
  5. It has the Classic Shell start menu installed from http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/ so you can get the old Windows start menu in addition to the new Windows “Start screen”. This also results in Windows booting up to the desktop instead of the new Windows start screen. Although, if you’d like to, you can get to the Start screen by clicking the Shift+Windows button combination. You can also configure Classic Shell so Windows boots up to the start screen instead, if you so desire.
  6. It has the start-up type for a few non-necessary Windows and SQL services changed to “Manual” or “Delayed start” to conserve overall and start-up resources. This includes services for the SQL Server 2012 SSAS, SSIS and SSRS features which I installed just in case anyone needs them.
  7. Has the Apps service configured to use the URL apps.sp2013.gauravmahajan.net
  8. Once you fire up the Virtual machine, Windows will auto login to the Administrator’s  account. The “sp20130\administrator” account is the account used to install SharePoint and should be used to access central admin.
  9. The virtual machine additionally has the following accounts:
    sp_adminuser: This is a regular user account I created to be added as a site collection admin. This account has site collection admin privileges on the default site collection on the port 80 Web App
    sp_apppool_content: This is the app pool account for web applications
    sp_apppool_service: This could be used as the app pool account for the service apps that you may configure
    sp_cache_supperreader and sp-cache_superuser: The object cache access user accounts
    sp_farm: The farm account that is configured while installing SharePoint
    sp_search: The search service account
    sp_searchcrawl: The search crawl account
    sp_service: This account is used for various service applications
    sqladmin: This is the SQL server service account
  10. All accounts in the VM share the same password which is part of the ReadMe file accompanying the downloads.

Finally, all the files, including the ReadMe.txt are uploaded to the Google Drive folder at the following link: http://goo.gl/klswrr

To download the files, you can go with either of the following options:

  1. Add the folder to your Google Drive and then use the Google Drive Desktop Client to sync the files to your local computer (also recommended) OR
  2. Download the files directly by using the browser “Save target as…” functionality (least recommended)

Instructions for extracting the VM: You will need to download all the .rar and .exe files to your machine and then run the “SP2013.exe” executable to unpack the virtual machine hard drives. After ensuring that you have the latest version of the VMWare Player installed, you can then double-click the “SP2013.vmx” file to run the virtual machine.

Instructions to activate the licenses on the VM with SQL 2012: The evaluation versions of the OS, SharePoint Server and SQL Server 2012 that the earlier virtual machine was running on have expired. Here’s how you can bypass the issue and activate the licenses for those who would still like to use the VM with SQL 2012 (please note that I have also provided above a link for an alternate VM with SQL 2014 that does not need the licenses to be activated yet):

  1. For the OS (Windows Server 2012): You can either:
    1. Rearm the evaluation version by running he following command from the command prompt: slmgr /rearm. This will extend the OS evaluation for another 180 days. Note that you will be able to do 4 more such rearms before having to convert the license to retail
    2. Convert to a retail license: You can view the instructions to do so in the comments below here  and in the corresponding TechNet article here
  2. For SQL Server 2012: Unfortunately there’s no way to rearm a SQL Server Evaluation license. You will have to convert it to a retail license. The way to do that is to:
    1. Run the SQL Server setup
    2. Click on the maintenance tab
    3. Click on “Edition upgrade”
    4. Follow the steps till you reach the product key screen and enter your product key (usually pre-filled if a licensed installation media is used)
    5. You can read a good set of instructions for converting your eval license to a full license here: http://www.mssqlgirl.com/upgrading-from-sql-server-2012-evaluation-edition.html
  3. For SharePoint Server 2013:
    1. Browse to Central Admin –> Upgrade and Migration –> Convert farm license type
    2. On the Convert License Type page, in the Enter the Product Key box, type the new product key and then click OK.
    3. Verify that the license is upgraded by going back to the page

As mentioned above, I am working on uploading an updated image of the VM and I highly appreciate your patience while I work on it.

Hope you will find the VM useful and will share any feedback that you may have! Happy SharePointing! 🙂

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295 Responses to SharePoint 2013 RTM on Windows Server 2012: Virtual Machine Download

  1. Thom Pantazi says:

    Unlike the people who have had trouble with the second link, I cannot download anything from the sky drive. It says this SkyDrive has been experiencing a large volume of traffic. Please try again later. I have tried several times and get the same error. Is there a possibility they could be posted somewhere else?

  2. Hello Gaurav,

    Awesome job! Thanks a lot for saving us hours of sharepoint installing and configuration. As an sharepoint programmer by now i don’t need to know infrastructure things. This server really works a development environment. Regards from Brazil.

    • Hey Thanks a ton Alvaro! Its the kind feedback like your’s that makes the hardwork worth it! Glad it was of use to you! Please do let me know if you run into any issues or if I can be of further help!
      -Gaurav

      • Alvaro says:

        Hey Gaurav,

        Consulting question:

        I`m running VS2012 in my laptop and when I try to create a Sharepoint 2013 Empty Project I get this error message:

        —————————
        Microsoft Visual Studio
        —————————
        SharePoint Not Installed

        The required version of SharePoint Foundation 2013 or SharePoint Server 2013 is not installed on this system. To develop SharePoint solutions or browse SharePoint connections in Server Explorer, SharePoint must be installed on the local system. Make sure that the local server referenced by the SharePoint project exists.
        —————————

        I can see the option to create an empty project because I`ve already installed Office Tools for VS 2012 (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vsto/archive/2013/03/06/office-developer-tools-for-visual-studio-2012-now-available.aspx).

        I was able to create SharePoint 2013 apps (.APP) and deploy them in office 365 and also in your Virtual Machine. However I can`t create an Empty project.

        Do you confirm this can be only possible if I run VS in the sharepoint machine or there`s something else we could do?

        Thanks for your answer!

      • Hello Alvaro,
        Yes, you will need to have SharePoint Foundation installed at minimum. Note that you may be able to open existing projects by adding a reference to the appropriate SharePoint dlls but you will need to have SharePoint foundation or server installed to create a new project. Having said that, there may be some workarounds (and /or hacks) available out there on the internet that you may be able to use but I’d typically stay away from them from a long term solution perspective
        Thanks

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi,

    I downloaded all seven parts, when i try to run SP2013.part01.exe file in winrar and its helping to join all the seven files. My winrar is asking for SP2013.part08 file? may i know the reason? if u think winrar is not the right application to extract, which one should i use to join the files?

  4. I appreciate your putting this together. It is much needed and very helpful. I’ve got it running OK; however, the Server 2012 license expires in just a couple of weeks. I tried to activate/extend it with the license key for Server 2012 Standard from our MSDN collection; however, that failed with a message saying that this key would not work with this edition of Windows Server 2012. Do you have any suggestions on how to deal with this?

  5. Travis says:

    Can you please post the farm pass phrase?

    • It should be sp13123!@#. Thanks!

      • Travis says:

        sp13123!@#

        This worked — Great!!!

        I stupidly disconnected the from the database after a SQL Server SP1 update stopped the SQL server service and was trying to figure out what was going on. Restarted the service “duh” and everything was fine with it, but I had already disconnected the farm. I was a little bit in panic not having that password because I had already activated all of the apps with my keys and customized a bunch of stuff. Thanks again for making this and getting back to me so quickly! Well done!

  6. Now, the Server 2012 VM has been reset to 180 days!. All I did in addition to what I already described (https://gauravmahajan.net/2013/01/06/sharepoint-2013-rtm-on-win-server-2012-virtual-machine-download/comment-page-2/#comment-1606) was to run Windows updates, and after the server rebooted, I had 180 days:

  7. Lee Faber says:

    Hello Gaurav!! I am getting the error message “Packed Data CRC failed in SP2013\SP2013.vmdk, and “The file “???” header is corrupt”, when extracting. Do these files still work?

    • Hello Lee
      Yes, all the files work well. The CRC error means that they just did not get downloaded properly. Unfortunately, the only solution is to download the files again. If it helps, the files sp2013.part01.rar through sp2013.part08.rar should be 1 GB each and sp2013.part09.rar should be 118 MB
      Thanks

  8. Chrstos says:

    Just thank you. You saved millions of frustrated hours to the world.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hi Gaurav,
    I tried to download the rar files but first link is not working , second link is working .
    Please thru that link ,if it is not working share the new one to me.

  10. balaji says:

    The first link is noy uet working pls give other link to download.

  11. Hi Gaurav,

    I am trying to download the SP-2013 VM Files using http://goo.gl/exC1d (Alternate location: http://sdrv.ms/116F2lH) these locations, but either of the location says that “the item may not exists or is no longer available”.

    Can you please suggest me an alternative link from where I can be able to download the files of set-1.

    Thanks,

    Prashant Bansal

    • Hi Prashant,

      Sorry I could not get back to you sooner. I found out today that my Live account has developed some issues. I am trying to work through these issues and should be able to update you by the end of this week.
      My sincere apologies for the inconvenience.

      Thanks!

    • I have uploaded the files from the first link to a new location at: http://goo.gl/W0O5o
      Thanks!

      • Anonymous says:

        Hi Gaurav,

        Thanks for your response.

        I am still not able to download the files of Set-1, after downloading till sometime it throws an exception that File not found on server.

        Do you have these files uploaded as Torrent also or can you upload it as torrent, if yes then please let me know, would be a big help for me.

        Also can you please share the installation guide for this installation, just in case if I am not able to download this VM, then I would try to prepare a VM on my machine.

        Regards,

        Prashant.

      • Hello Prashant
        I was running the SkyDrive app and deleting the files form my local machine also caused them to be deleted from SkyDrive online once the sync occurred. That must have been the reason for the file not found error that you received. My sincere apologies for the same. I have restored the files but doing so changed the URL. You may therefore want to use the new URL instead of the old one. Also, I will recommend using a file download manager such as this one here: http://www.freedownloadmanager.org/ to better manage the downloads.
        Thanks and please do let me know if you face issues again!

  12. mdh222 says:

    Dear Gaurav, Here I can find many links given but all links are not working. Can you plz test & tell me which 2 links are correct (and perfectly working) to download 7 + 2 no of different split files from there.
    Rgds

  13. Hi Gaurav, it seems the Skydrive links no longer work. Can you check?

  14. mdh222 says:

    Dear Gaurav,
    I only have 8 GB RAm, on Win 7, intel i5 3.1 Ghz processor … Will it be sufficient?

    • Hi Madhu,
      I am not Sure if you have a total of 8 gigs on the laptop or you are planning on allocating 8 gigs to the VM but the recommended is to allocate 8gb to your VM and keep 2 gigs for the host. You can go with a little bit lower RAM if 8 gigs is all you have on the machine but it may not work as smoothly.
      Hope that helps
      Thanks

  15. Tom says:

    Both Skydrive locations

    http://goo.gl/QFch0
    http://sdrv.ms/15YsZr9)

    ask for login and password.

    • Hello Tom,
      Even though I have enabled public sharing, you will need to create an account to login to SkyDrive. Unfortunately, this is the way it works. You should be able to download the files once you login using the live account. Sorry for not responding sooner.
      Thanks!

  16. Tom says:

    Hello Gaurav Mahajan,

    thanks for your quick and helpful response. “public” in Skydrive seams to be restricted to Skydrive-Users only. This way it worked.

    Create Skydrive account if not already available
    Select Skydrive file Location
    Login with own Skydrive Login/Password
    Download files

    Kind regards,
    Tom

  17. Anonymous says:

    Gaurav,

    Thank you for all of your hard work on this SP2103 VM. By chance to do you have a step by step guide for how you created the original host for the Server 2012, SQL 2013 and SP2013?

    • Hi
      Sorry, I don’t have a written guide but there are a host of blogs on the internet that guide you on installing SharePoint 2013 and I did not want to duplicate the effort here.
      Thanks!

  18. Salim says:

    Both links keep saying “This item might not exist or is no longer available”, I was able to download all files, but the first link gives me text file with:
    SP2013.part04.rar – https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=caf06c029a7bc42e&id=CAF06C029A7BC42E%21112&action=Download

    SP2013.part03.rar – https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=caf06c029a7bc42e&id=CAF06C029A7BC42E%21113&action=Download

    SP2013.part02.rar – https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=caf06c029a7bc42e&id=CAF06C029A7BC42E%21114&action=Download

    SP2013.part01.exe – https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=caf06c029a7bc42e&id=CAF06C029A7BC42E%21115&action=Download

    • Hello Salim,
      My apologies. For some reason my SkyDrive accounts are facing issues. I have uploaded the files to this Google drive account at: http://goo.gl/klswrr
      Thanks

      • Salim says:

        Thats great working fine.
        unfortunately I am unable to start the SP or the SQL, I upgraded the SQL to the enterprise edition but unable to log in using any account given, please advise??

      • Salim,
        Are you unable to the VM or are you unable to open the website. Also, I have created a new image with the extended trials of Win Server 2012 and SQL server 2014 CTP. I will update this post with the new links in a day or two.
        Thanks
        Gaurav

  19. RuthJ says:

    Hi Guarav,
    Many Thanks for your work of this image. It has been very useful for me as I have been learning about SharePoint 2013.
    Quick question for you – I have recently gone through the upgrade / licensing process, and thought it had gone well. Unfortunately although the central admin site works OK, I am getting a Http error 500 accessing the end user site. The windows logs show a X509 certificate error.
    If you or anyone on here have any hints as to what I might have done wrong, please let me know! Thanks

  20. Hello Ruth,
    Unfortunately the X509 error can be due to various issues. I’ll need some more information from you:
    1. Is this an SSL (secure) site that you had created?
    2. What is the source of this error?

    Here are a few general links I could find searching for the error and installing the certificate:
    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/16538510/sharepoint-2010-error-the-signature-of-the-certificate-cannot-be-verified
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff607586.aspx

    You may additionally want to look at the SharePoint logs (D:\SharePointLogs folder) to get the exact issue for the 500 error. To do this:
    1. You will want to restart the tracing service so the error does not get lost amongst other messages logged in the log file
    2. Access your web-site immediately after restarting the tracing service
    3. Look for the error details in the latest log file that is generated (you can view the log file in notepad or use the ULS Log viewer utility to go through the file).
    Alternately, you can email me the error and/ or windows log as well and I’ll be happy to investigate the issue for you.

    Thanks
    Gaurav

  21. Mo says:

    Hi Gaurav,
    This is great work! I just downloaded and tried to run it and I keep getting the following error.

    Server Error in ‘/’ Application.
    ——————————————————————————–

    Runtime Error
    Description: An application error occurred on the server. The current custom error settings for this application prevent the details of the application error from being viewed.

    Details: To enable the details of this specific error message to be viewable on the local server machine, please create a tag within a “web.config” configuration file located in the root directory of the current web application. This tag should then have its “mode” attribute set to “RemoteOnly”. To enable the details to be viewable on remote machines, please set “mode” to “Off”.

    Notes: The current error page you are seeing can be replaced by a custom error page by modifying the “defaultRedirect” attribute of the application’s configuration tag to point to a custom error page URL.

    What am I doing wrong or what do I need to fix? Thanks!

    • Thanks Mo! Did you update the licenses for all the products?
      Thanks

      • Girish says:

        Hi Gaurav,
        Thank you very much for all your effort.
        I was continuing with the trial version of OS, SQL as well. Still I am getting the Server error / on running the central administration.
        Please let me know how to proceed on this.
        Regards,
        Girish

      • Hello Girish,

        You will need to update the licenses before you can start using the VM.

        Thanks!

      • Madhu Madhu says:

        hi gaurav,
        I had downloaded the vm 3 months back from your given link. I have not updated license of any server. Today I tried to open central admin and it was not open in the VM and got following error:

        Server Error in ‘/’ Application.
        ——————————————————————————–

        Runtime Error
        Description: An application error occurred on the server. The current custom error settings for this application prevent the details of the application error from being viewed.

        Details: To enable the details of this specific error message to be viewable on the local server machine, please create a tag within a “web.config” configuration file located in the root directory of the current web application. This tag should then have its “mode” attribute set to “RemoteOnly”. To enable the details to be viewable on remote machines, please set “mode” to “Off”.

        Notes: The current error page you are seeing can be replaced by a custom error page by modifying the “defaultRedirect” attribute of the application’s configuration tag to point to a custom error page URL.

        what is the reason for error? license? or error in configuration?

        I have date of my system to july 1 2013.

        pl reply asap.
        rgds,
        madhu

      • Hello Madhu
        Very sorry for the late reply. Yes, its most likely related to the licenses but its hard to be sure without looking at the logs
        Thanks!

  22. meteko says:

    Hi Gaurav
    I already downloaded 5 times the part8 and I get always a CRC error while unzipping.
    Thank you for your help.

    Regards.
    Jesus

    • Hello Jesus,
      A CRC error means that one of the files is corrupt/ has not fully downloaded. It may or may not be just part 8 and could be other parts as well. Unfortunately, the only solution that I see at this point is to download all the parts again.
      Thanks!

  23. Shanthi says:

    Hi Gaurav,
    i downloaded all the parts and extracted and tried to open in vmplayer workstation.
    am not able to open the vmx in the player.
    the error msg as follows,

    Could not open virtual machine: C:\Workspace\sp2013vm\SP2013\SP2013.vmx.
    Internal error.

    Please help.

    • Hello Shanthi

      Could you please confirm you have sufficient disk and RAM available? could you please also confirm the versions of your host OS and VMWare player? Finally, you should see a few log files in the same folder as the VM. Could you please try starting the VM again and send me the latest log file?
      Thanks!

  24. Sreeni says:

    Hi Gaurav,Thank you for doing this.You have saved me several hours of work.I opened the VMX and it logged on to Windows fine but when I to to Central Admin I am getting an error below.Can you help?Do I edit the web.config with the changes shown below?

    Description: An application error occurred on the server. The current custom error settings for this application prevent the details of the application error from being viewed.

    Details: To enable the details of this specific error message to be viewable on the local server machine, please create a tag within a “web.config” configuration file located in the root directory of the current web application. This tag should then have its “mode” attribute set to “RemoteOnly”. To enable the details to be viewable on remote machines, please set “mode” to “Off”.

    !– Web.Config Configuration File –>

    Notes: The current error page you are seeing can be replaced by a custom error page by modifying the “defaultRedirect” attribute of the application’s configuration tag to point to a custom error page URL.

  25. Sreeni says:

    Here is the web.config detail for the post above:

    Notes: The current error page you are seeing can be replaced by a custom error page by modifying the “defaultRedirect” attribute of the application’s configuration tag to point to a custom error page URL.

  26. Hello Gaurav….superb work….U save us…..God Bless You..I have a doubt…If possible kindly suggest me something on it… Suppose , I have i3 Second generation processor , 16 GB RAM , Windows 7 64 bit os with me on my machine…is it possible to run this vm on that particular machine…because in configuration on MSDN they say we require 4 cores….can we run on i3 Processor???

  27. coldhell7 says:

    hello and thx about that awsome

    i was enter my serial number in central admin
    and when is that ok
    i enter “http://sp2013/” and return me :”HTTP 500 internal server error”

    how can i fix that?

  28. Suresh V says:

    Hello Gaurav,

    Could you help me in getting the SP2013 VPC please? none of the links in this blog has the actual files to download. Appreciate your help.

    – Suresh V

    • Hello Suresh,
      Not sure if I understand your question but you will need to download the .rar files mentioned in the blog and combine them using WinRAR. Please let me know if I can be of further help.
      Thanks.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Hello Guarav,

    thank zou for a great job! i have downloaded all files and installed VM. It was OK. But when i try to check a sharepoint site via browser, i got a application error. After that, i did a mistake – i click “disconnect from farm server”… As i understand now from another comments, i had to run some commands that to update licenses.
    So i made first 2 steps for updating license. Step 3 (for Central Administration) i cannot process, because cannot call Central Administration, it doesn;t work now.

    Could you please help me to recovery a connection to farm server? If i right understand, i have to do it via “SharePoint Configuration Wizard”, but what i should enter in the fields “Database server” and “Database name”? i tried something..but it doesn’t work.

    Thank you in advance!

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  31. Saumitra says:

    Hi Gaurav,
    Is this virtual machine still valid? If I download it today, I am hoping the licenses haven’t expired. Thanks a ton for the good work. It is going to save a lot of time for everyone 🙂
    BR,
    Saumitra

  32. Yvonne says:

    Dear Gaurav Mahajan,
    * * * * * * * * A BIG THANK YOU ! ! ! * * * * * * *
    Your post is absolutely excellent. I needed a test environment quickly and here it was!

    I am so pleased and I want to share my steps to get everything working.
    I have Windows 8 with vmWare Workstation 9.

    I used your google disc link (http://goo.gl/klswrr). I was new to this – I downloaded the google disc client and in a couple of minutes I got a sync going on from your public place to my local folder. I had some nice food and back again all files was downloaded. I run the .exe file and got a nice vm-machine. I opened that in my vmWare Workstation 9. It loaded perfectly the first time.

    I have MSDN so I downloaded the iso-files for each program and got the keys to convert from trial to retail.

    I started with SQL Server 2012 and I followed the link from mssqlgirl. Everything worked perfectly but I could not start SQL Management Studio. I then manually started the service SQL Server and after that I got in – I had to change the server name from sp13 to sp2013.I also started Internet Explorer and followed the link to the server – and SharePoint was running!

    I took a snapshot and after that I started to upgrade WIndows Server 2012. I followed your answer about how to do do it, install the server and upgraded it. I started the install guide and downloaded the upgrades. After that I tried to choose the recommendated core upgrade with not GUI, but it did not work. Then I tried the choice with gui and the upgrade started. After a couple of restarts, I got it upgraded. Hurray – activeted with a license. I shut it down, took a snapshot, started again. I tried to run SharePoint but NO – I got error http 500. I started Central Admin (worked) and entered the license as you have adviced. Tried again. NO. It did not work.

    So I did run your powershell scripts regarding error for security token in your answer for a retail Windows Server 202. And Voilà – SharePoint is working!

    Now Ican start my work, I have a solution for SharePoint 2007 that I want to try in this new environment.

    Again – thank you so much for your generous work!
    You are very accurate and correct in your descriptions and by following you – it is working!

    • Hello Yvonne

      Thank you for the very encouraging comments. Made my day! I am glad that you were able to get the VM up and running. Please do let me know if I can be of further help regarding this,

      Thanks again!

  33. bob kennelly says:

    Hello Gaurav, many thanks for your excellent instructions, really looking forward to giving them a try!
    Gaurav, just wondering what the steps will be when any of the components trials expire, will i then have to purchase a license or can i just reactivate or reset the trials?
    Thanks for any insights there Gaurav and happy holidays!

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  35. kunal says:

    Hi Gaurav. I tried both the VM..the vm with SQL 2012 is having already expired SQL 2012 and same happens with SQL 2014. is there a easy fix to this.

    Thanks
    Kay

  36. Anonymous says:

    Hello John Doe,
    First, congratulations for the excellent article.
    You are helping me a lot.
    I need to install Project Server and Sharepoint Server is a prerequisite, it’s been five days, and the problem I have is that says that AppFabric is not configured correctly, however, it is GREEN and configured.
    I do not know what else to do, my Wizard Pre-requisites does not work.
    You know what I can do to try to solve it?

    Thank you,
    André

  37. Fin3 says:

    Hello Mr. Mahajan,

    i’m downloading right now, but for some reasons (more than 2 weeks spent to install this fuc…awesome SharePoint server) I need to thank you in advance.

    Thanks, from the people like me who need only to develop to a sharepoint server without the needing of a systemist knowldge…!!

    You, your family, your friends… are the best!

    Thanks again for your work!

    BR,

    Fin3

    • Hey Fin3. Thank you very much for your kind words. It is the encouragement like this that make the effort worth it. Please do let me know if you run into issues downloading the files or if I can be of further help any other way.

      • Fin3 says:

        All goes like a charm! It’s stable, work great for developing usage… Really, me and my boss in my company are gratefully to use a release of a big person like you! Again, thank you!! If we’ve got issues, we’ll give you our feedback if this let you increase your knowledge!

        I’m sorry for my bad english, hope my words sounds as compliments for you.

      • Awesome! Your English is great! Thank you again for all your complements and nice thoughts! Glad I could be of any use!

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  40. David says:

    Thank you Gaurav! You have saved those of us with little infrastructure experience countless hours! I have a question about the domain. I was trying to add an App server for hosting apps. I was following Vlad Catrinescu’s post (https://www.nothingbutsharepoint.com/sites/devwiki/articles/pages/configure-an-environment-for-apps-for-sharepoint-2013.aspx). I got to the domain name verification step and realized that I’m pinging sp2013.gauravmahajan.net at a non-local address. Can the domain be changed for the VM and, if so, can you tell us how?

    • Hello David
      Thank you so very much for the nice words. Just so I understand this correctly, you added a new server to the farm? If so, please make sure that you have disabled the loopback check (you could refer my blog here as well for steps on how to do that: https://gauravmahajan.net/2013/01/30/configuring-apps-for-sharepoint/). Its not easy to change the domain name for this server since SharePoint is hosted on it. The only possible way I’d se to do that is to create a new windows server which acts as a DC and then try to join this SharePoint farm to that domain using the steps here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/sushrao/archive/2011/12/02/sharepoint-migrating-sharepoint-server-from-one-domain-to-another.aspx.
      I have not tried this or done this before so will suggest you to use the steps at your own discretion. Hopefully I have understood your question correctly. If not, please let me know and I’ll be happy to revisit the response.
      Thank you

      • David says:

        Thanks for the reply Gaurav. I actually attempted to make the single VM server the App server since it is only DNS entries that are changed. I don’t think a separate server is necessary, though I could be wrong. Either way, wouldn’t the fact that this VM points to your domain be an issue if your domain is taken down or inaccessible? If this VM was isolated from the internet, domain resolution would fail, correct? If so, I’ll need to explore creating another DC. Let me know if I am mistaken. Otherwise, Thanks for the reply and the your efforts! -Dave

      • Hello Dave
        The entries for BackConnectionHostNames and disableloopbackcheck described in my referenced blog will help overcome that issue. You should see the domain pointing to the local machine once you ensure those entries are there along with the right DNS entries described in the blog. On another note, all this should already be configured if you are utilizing the VM downloaded from my blog. Please do let me know if I misunderstood the issue
        Thanks!

      • David says:

        Thanks again Gaurav. I can’t investigate right now, but I will and I’ll update you with the results. -David

      • Sounds good! Thanks!

  41. Jonaki Mitra says:

    Hi Gaurav,
    How long your license will work? Tentatively up to which date will it work? I mean since I am not able to give any key.
    Regards,

    • My copy of the VM shows that the Windows license is valid for another 144 days as of today so I believe the VM will work roughly close to end of July before you will need to enter the licenses.
      Hope that helps.
      Thanks!

  42. jonaki says:

    Dear Gaurav,
    Many many thanks for your helping nature.

    Even after login through my gmail a/c I have tried to download through freedownloadmanager but not able to put any part file e.g. part1 to the downloadmanager. Same thing I have tried with DAP. In my area 3G signal is very poor so that I will not be able to downlaod 1 GB file directly as save as. Only option is to download through any download manager. Can you please guide me how to attach files from google drive to the download manager?

    Thanks!

  43. jonaki says:

    i really need rar files to be attached with the freedownloadmanager

  44. jonaki says:

    Hi,
    Has any one else did any .rar file (1 GB) download through google client where google client is able to reconnect the downlaod if by any chance connection was broken?
    Plz reply to help. I am not able to link downlaod manager to google drive.
    Regards

    • Jonaki
      Yes, I have verified that. That’s the reason why I suggested it to you. Did you try my suggestion already and is it not working for you or are you just re confirming what I said really works before you try it? Just curious so I can accordingly update my blog if that’s the case
      Thanks

  45. jonaki says:

    Dear all,
    plz help on this:

    Have any one of you already downloaded 1 gb single file with the google drive desktop. Is it really able to restart from the previous broken place? I have tried but it is not happening with me. Once it is broken it is not starting at all. Plz share your experience.
    My doubt is if google drive desktop is reliable enough to reconnect?
    pl help
    Regards,
    jonaki

  46. jonaki says:

    Dear Gaurav, I have tried to download with Google desktop client. But I want to download each individual 1 GB split file one at a time. I mean 1 file at a time. Because of bandwidth problem I don’t want to download all 12 files at once.

    But problem is Google client downloads all 12 files (size 12 GB) at a time, which is not feasible for me. Though it can restart from where it left earlier.

    PLZ GUIDE ME HOW CAN I DOWNLOAD ONE 1 GB FILE AT A TIME.

    Plz reply asap.

    Regards

    • Hello Jonaki,

      The only workaround I can think of is by making use of the Google desktop client’s capability to let you chose folders to sync. Here are the steps that I would follow:

      1. Once you copy the files over to your google drive, create a folder in your drive for each file that you want to download
      2. Then move the individual files from your google drive to within the corresponding folder. So for example, create a folder called “SP2013_20140127_part01” and then move “SP2013_20140127.part01.exe” to that folder (all within your google drive)
      3. Now start the desktop client again and this time only select 1 older to sync at a time
      4. After all the folders have been downloaded, copy all the files over to a single folder and follow the steps mentioned above to extract and run the VM.

      Do let me know if this helps or if I can be of further assistance!
      Gaurav

  47. rajesh singh says:

    Hi gaurav,
    I have installed the trial version VS 2012 Ultimate in the VM provided by you but when I am trying to create a visual web part or any other share point VS template..its giving following error..SharePoint not installed. A sharepoint server is not installed on this computer.A sharepoint server must be installed to work with sharepoint projects.

  48. RomanBrauchle says:

    I am looking for a new version. Has anyone already a VM with Server 2012 R2 and SharePoint 2013 SP1?

  49. Shikrishna Gupta says:

    HI Gaurav ,
    Can you please provide the password for admin account and other accounts created in Virtual Machine . Admin Account password is required because when we logout and try to login it asks for it .

  50. Niles Crane says:

    Thanks Gaurav, that was very helpful

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