SharePoint Server 2013 Virtual Machine Download (updated March 2018)

I earlier created this SharePoint 2013 RTM Virtual machine on Win Server 2012 way back in Jan 2014. A lot has changed since then with the introduction of SP1 and hence I thought it was time to create a new one so everyone could benefit from it. Following are the details of this new evaluation VM and how to download it:

  1. The VM was created using the VMWare Player version 6.0.3 which can be downloaded as a free download from the VMWare site. You can use the latesr version of the free tool to launch it. Once you have downloaded it, you can also convert it into other formats to open it with another virtualization tool of your choice.
  2. It was created using the 180 day evaluation versions Windows Server 2012 R2, SQL Server 2014 (see below) and the SharePoint 2013 Trial license (with SP1 and Feb 2018 CU). If you’d like to, you can enter your own keys to activate the trial/ evaluation versions. These 180 day evaluation versions should be good through Sep 8, 2018 Feb 7, 2018 30th August 2017 24th Feb 2017 12th August 2016 18th Feb 2016 8th August 1015 7th Feb 2015.
  3. It consists of 4 hard drives, a VMWare virtual machine configuration (.vmx) file and other supporting VMWare files. All the files and hard drives are part of 12 self-extracting compressed files. The total size of the compressed files is 11.7 GB (with the total size of the extracted files at about 30.1 GB). These self-extracting (executable) archive can be downloaded from the download link mentioned below.
  4. The VM has 16 GB RAM allocated to it by default (controlled by the settings in the “.vmx” file or via the virtual machine settings in the VMWare player). You can reduce or increase the RAM to suite your needs, although, 12 GB is the minimum required and 16 GB is what I will recommend for this VM.
  5. It has the Classic Shell start menu installed from 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 as the Active Directory domain and has the apps service configured to use the app domain.
  7. Once you fire up the VM, Windows will auto login to the SP_Admin account. This “gmsp2013\sp_admin” account was the account used to install SharePoint and should be used to access central admin. All accounts in the VM share the same password which is part of the ReadMe file accompanying the downloads.
  8. The virtual machine additionally has the following accounts created and used for various services:
    1. SP_Farm: The farm account
    2. SP_CacheSuperReader: The object cache read access account
    3. SP_CacheSuperUser: The object cache full access account
    4. SP_ExcelUser: Account used for excel services (not yet configured on the VM)
    5. SP_PeffPointUser: Account used for performance point services (not yet configured on the VM)
    6. SP_PortalAppPool: Account for the content web application pools
    7. SP_ProfilesAppPool: Web app pool for the MySites web application (not yet configured on the VM)
    8. SP_ProfileSync: The user profile synchronization account
    9. SP_SearchContent: The default content access account for the Search Service Application
    10. SP_SearchService: Account to run the SharePoint Search “Windows Service
    11. SP_Services: Service Applications  App Pool account
    12. SP_VisioUser: Account used for Visio services (not yet configured on this VM)
    13. SQL_Admin: Used to Install the SQL Server
    14. SQL_Services: SQL service account for the MSSQLServer & SQLServerAgent services
      You can read more on different accounts for SharePoint in the following articles: &
  9. If the VM does not start after you have downloaded it, ensure that the number of files you have downloaded, the total size of the archived files and the total size of the extracted files matches what’s specified above.

Finally, all the files, including the ReadMe.txt are uploaded to the Google Drive folder at the following link:

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 (highly recommended) OR
  2. Download the files directly by using the browser “Save target as…” functionality (not really recommended and should be used if for some odd reason #1 does not work for you) OR
  3. There might be some download managers as well that might allow you to specify a google drive URL and download all files from their but I am not aware of any at the moment

Instructions for extracting the VM: You will need to download all the .rar and .exe files to your machine and then run the “SP2013SP1.part01.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: Here’s how you can activate the licenses for:

  1. For the OS (Windows Server 2012 R2): You can view the instructions in the comments for my previous blog here  or in the corresponding TechNet article here
  2. For SQL Server 2014: 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:
  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
    4. Please note that the SharePoint 2013 trial is only available as an Enterprise trial. Consequently you will only be able to activate an Enterprise (and not Standard) CAL on this VM

Hope you will find the VM useful. If you did, it will be great if you can leave a comment below OR through my twitter handle: @mahajang OR share any feedback that you may have! Happy SharePointing! 🙂

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219 Responses to SharePoint Server 2013 Virtual Machine Download (updated March 2018)

  1. Dharmesh says:

    Hi Gourav,

    Thanks for your response. Surely i will wait and will keep checking after Feb24.

    • Hi Dharmesh
      I have uploaded the latest version of the VM and updated the blog post to reflect the new location. Let me know if you run into any issues or need any help!


    • Dee says:

      Thank you very much for your build of SharePoint 2013. Was very easy to copy files down and deploy to vmware.
      I am having an issue with infopath. I can publish infopath as sharePoint list no problem. When I attempt to publish as forms library getting error:
      InfoPath cannot find or cannot access the following web server: http://…….. Error message
      can anyone assist with this error. would be very much appreciated.

  2. Rodney says:

    Hi, Gaurav, I have downloaded the VM correctly and tried to open with VMPlayer 6.0.3 but while powering on it shows “Error while powering on: Internal error.”. Will you please discuss the issue a little here.

    • Hi Rodney,

      This typically points to a corrupted or incomplete download. Can you please confirm that the size of the archived files was 11.5 GB and that of the extracted files is 28.6 GB?
      Also so I know that you downloaded the latest version, can you please also let me know when did you start the download? I only uploaded the VM a couple of hours back (around 6:45 PM EST).
      In either case, I would recommend re-trying your download to be sure.
      Thank you

  3. enaybee says:

    Hi Gaurav,
    Thank you very much for sharing the VM. Really appreciated.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Hi Gaurav,
    Thanks a lot for sharing, i face issue to connect with internet using VM. can you please guide me.


    • Hi
      Sorry for the late response. Can you please check if you have a proxy server setup in the environment or are you directly accessing the internet on your host machine?

  5. Nigel Rodriguez says:

    Hi Gaurav,
    Thank you for an excellent job on this vm. I have successfully converted it to work with Hyper-V in my environment but I would however like your advice on how best to join this vm to my domain as I have purchased a second domain name to use the SharePoint apps. I plan on joining this vm to my domain and setting the app domain to match it for external testing.

  6. Sandeep says:

    Hi Gaurav,
    Thank you so much, i am able to configure and open the VM, My actual task is getting Sharepoint Reporting services, could you please let me know Which all components i need to install for SQL and SharePoint.

  7. Andrey says:

    Big thank you!

  8. Mike Y says:

    Hi Gaurav,

    Thank you so much! I am able to fire your VM (Win 10 + VM Player 12.5).
    Unfortunately, I failed to access the SharePoint server using another computer as a client, within the same computer network. I tried to type the IP / domain of the VM at the client browser, but it returned “401 UNAUTHORIZED”. I have pinged the VM at the client and it returned positive result (no data loss).

    Is that further configuration is necessary at the VM? Could you kindly help?

    In fact, my task is to test the performance of SharePoint at mobile device – can your VM help as well?


    • Hi Mike,
      It is a different forest with it’s own DNS server and that’s what’s making it difficult to access the VM. However, it should likely be accessible if you are able to ping it. You will however need to make host file entries:
      You will want to close and re-open your browser after saving the host file changes. The fact that you are receiving a 401 also means that you are not getting authenticated. If you are not getting prompted for authentication, make sure your browser settings are correct so it prompts you for credentials when trying to access the site. Once you are prompted, the credentials you will need to enter are those of the VM (and not your local credentials). If that does not work, make sure appropriate ports are enabled in windows firewall on the SharePoint server.
      Hope that helps
      Thank you

      • Mike Y says:

        Thank you Gaurav! It really works after I manually add the IP with the domain.

        But, I failed to connect the SP server using my iPad. Do I have to do something similar, i.e. jailbreaking the device and change the host table of the tablet?
        Adding the IP of VM to DNS (Wi-Fi IP address) at iPad did not help.

        Could you kindly help? Thanks!

      • Mike Y says:

        I had jailbroke my iPad and changed the host table but still failed to access the SharePoint (an error page). The browser failed to access the Intranet and always aim to access the Internet. I went into Settings > Wi-Fi > IP Address > Search Domains and entered our domain name at iPad and it failed too. Do you have any idea, Gaurav?

      • Hi Mike
        Sorry for not responding sooner. Unfortunately, I have never tried this. What error are you receiving? I am assuming the ipad as well as the sp server are connected to the same n/w. Can you please check the IIS log on the server to see if the request is coming through?

  9. P Kannan says:

    Hi Gaurav, I am a bit newby. I was able to download, setup the Sharepoint VM properly. It starts and works. I am not sure how to browse/sign into the Sharepoint VM so that I can develop in Ms Access applications to test. thx. P

    • Hi Kannan
      Sorry, not sure what you mean by browse/ sign into the VM. If you are you asking for the credentials to login to the VM, they are part of the accompanying ReadMe file. The VM should also auto-login using the sp_admin account. If you are asking for the Url of the SharePoint site, it’s Again, it’s set as the home page for the browser so you shouldn’t even have to enter the Url.
      Please let me know if I can be of further help

  10. P Kannan says:

    GM, I am stumped just like Mike above. VM is running properly. I do not know how to connect to it from my workstation. You had replied about host file change. What is the ip address to give the (Mike Q above: I am able to fire your VM (Win 10 + VM Player 12.5).
    Unfortunately, I failed to access the SharePoint server using another computer as a client, within the same computer network.)

  11. P Kannan says:

    GM, I am able to get the VM, Windows, Sharepoint working. I am able to browse to Intranet home from within the Windows server (VM). The VM is installed in a laptop and I have installed Ms Office in the laptop. I would like to know how to setup the laptop to connect to the Sharepoint VM.

  12. peter says:

    Thanks a lot! Great job!
    Hope you can post a newer version which has new license.

  13. peter says:

    Great job!
    Are you going to post a newer vm which has new license since this will expire soon?

  14. enaybee says:

    Hello Gaurav,
    Are you planning on updating current VM which will expire on Aug 30th, 2017?
    Thanks for your help.

  15. peter says:

    Great job for the new 2013 VM!

  16. Anant says:

    Hi Gaurav,
    I have Laptop configured with windows 10 and 8 GB RAM, is this VM will work with 8 GB RAM? May be slow

    • Hi! If the total RAM on your laptop is 8GB, you’ll likely be only able to grant 6GB – 7GB to the VM, which will make the environment extremely slow but you can try if you’d like to. You can also try stopping the SharePoint Search services. That might help a bit too

  17. kat says:

    Hello, I am not able to add desktop experience feature on the server. Error message like “cannot find sources file”.

  18. Rajesh says:

    Hi Gaurav

    I’m using a windows 10 machine. I’m new to Hyper-v. I’ve converted the VMware files to VHDX using the Microsoft Virtual machine converter 3.0. I then created a new virtual machine using Hyper-v manager. While creating the new VM, I selected the C drive(There’s no option to add additional disks while creating). My machine has 16GB RAM of which I’ve allocated 10GB to the VM. When I start the VM. I keep getting the error – Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart. Error code is 0xc00002e2.

    I believe the download was ok. I’ve checked the size of the compressed files is 11.5GB with the total size of the extracted files 28.7 GB.

    Could you pls. help?


  19. Rajesh says:

    Hi Gaurav
    Thanks for replying. I managed to start the VM in VMWare player. I got an error initially that VMWare workstation and credential guard are not compatible. I followed this KB and now I’m able to open in VMWare player. I’ll probably use this instead of hyper-v.

  20. Rajesh says:

    One more help if you can. I’ve seen even others had raised issues about not able to connect to internet from the VM. Could you pls. help with this? I’ve checked the internet settings on the host and there’s a proxy set up.

  21. Rajesh says:

    Sorry for my earlier typo. There’s no proxy setup on host. I’ve tried Network adapter settings NAT and Bridged. Network adapter is set to obtain IP address dynamically. Is there any other setting required?

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  23. Anonymous says:

    Will you be posting an updated VM since the one posted has now expired?

  24. cpisquem says:


    Will you be posted a new VM since the trial period has expired on your latest version.

  25. Hi, i had a hard time getting my own key for windows server 2012R2 activated. But…i found a solution that works.
    Open the cmd as administrator and type in the next code: DISM /online /Set-Edition:ServerStandard /ProductKey:XXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXX/AcceptEula

    change the XXXX with your own key 😉

  26. Patrick B. says:

    Thank you so much!! It saved me a lot of time.

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  28. Annon says:

    Wow, this is awsome!!! Thanks a lot, great work!

  29. Khalid says:

    HI Gaurav,

    Thanks for the VM.

    When I tried to create a new web application from Central Administration page, it does not show me New Site option enabled. I am using sp_admin to perform this action.

    Please help to understand what is causing this problem.


  30. SC Murombedzi says:

    Hi Gaurav

    I am having trouble completing the setup. I am running Windows 10 and the archived files are 11.7GB while the unpacked files are 31GB. My VM client is VM Workstation 12 Player. I get the error (VMX is corrupt error) when i double click the vmx file, except in my case its marked as vmxf.

    Please advise

    • Hi
      Sorry, I did not quite understand what you mean by “it’s marked as vmxf”? The vmxf is a separate file compared to the vmx. The vmx is typically a text file that contains the VM configuration (you can open it using notepad). So if VMWare says it’s corrupt, Workstation 12 either does not support files created through VMWare Player version 6.0.3 OR the file is actually corrupt and in that case I would recommend that you download the files again. My copy of the vmx file has 114 lines. You may want to verify the number of lines in yours. You can do that by opening the file in notepad, turning off word wrap, going to the end of the file and and pressing the “CTRL G” combination. If you have 114 lines too then the other option is to download VMWare player 6 and try using that to run the VM. The only other thing I can suggest is to confirm that you have sufficient RAM, CPU and HD space on your machine as that can sometimes lead to errors too.
      Hope this helps but please let me know if it does not and I’ll try to help out.

  31. Ammar says:

    Hii Gaurav, thanks for your efforts. today i downloaded both the sharepoint 2013 and 2016 VMs. On SP 2016, i was unable to start the SQL Server. In SP 2013 VM the central administration is corrupted. kindly can you please advise, thanks. Ammar

  32. Sidney Moreira says:

    Olá!!! Fiz todos os updates disponíveis na Microsoft e agora só abre a Central Administrativa, o APP Intranet e o Mysites não abrem. Na Central Administrativa também está bloqueado para criar outros APPs. Poderia dar alguma dica de como resolver?

    • Oi! Agradecemos seu contato! Um par de coisas:
      1. Esta VM expirou há muito tempo. Você adicionou as licenças necessárias?
      2. Verifique também se você está executando o navegador como administrador

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