Author Archives: Gaurav Mahajan

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 … Continue reading

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Speaking at SharePoint Saturday NYC on 26th July 2014

I am truly excited & honored to be speaking at SharePoint Saturday New York (SPSNYC) this Saturday, 26th July. Its going to be a great event with lots of SharePoint awesomeness. The list of sessions with the equally awesome speakers is … Continue reading

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Speaking at SharePoint Saturday Baltimore on Creating your SharePoint 2013 dev. VM in an hour

I am very excited to be speaking at SharePoint Saturday Baltimore this weekend: http://www.spsevents.org/city/baltimore/baltimore2014/sessions My session will mainly be a demo of how you can create a SharePoint 2013 VM in an hour from scratch. As promised, following are the resources … Continue reading

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SharePoint Server 2013 Installation & Planning Guide

Since the time I posted this SharePoint 2013 VM on my blog, I have received requests from a few SharePoint enthusiasts to also post detailed steps for installing SharePoint Server 2013. Since these steps are available on TechNet (see below for the link) and have … Continue reading

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SharePoint 2013 On Prem and Online Edition and Feature Comparison (updated May 7th 2014)

Microsoft provides SharePoint Deployment Planning Services (SDPS) that allow its customers to use their Software Assurance Benefits to cover the costs of engaging with qualified providers for SharePoint deployment and upgrade planning services. You can read more about SDPS here. … Continue reading

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Build SSRS 2008 R2 and SSRS 2012 reports using Visual Studio 2012

The Microsoft SQL Server product team finally released the long awaited SQL Server Data tools – BI templates for Visual Studio 2012. This release installs the SQL Server Business Intelligence projects for Analysis Services, Integration Services, and Reporting Services. Among … Continue reading

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Install the Windows Phone 8.0 Emulator without installing Visual Studio 2012 (or how to test local SharePoint sites on a Windows Phone 8.0 device)

I recently wrote this post on launching the Windows Phone 8.0 emulator without launching Visual Studio 2012. One of the reasons to be able to use the emulator without the need for Visual Studio could be when you only want … Continue reading

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Launch Windows Phone 8 Emulator without launching Visual Studio 2012

One of a recent pre-sales engagements that I was working on required me to demo the BI capabilities of SharePoint 2010 on a Windows 8 phone device. Considering that it needed to be projected for the benefit of the audience and the … Continue reading

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SharePoint 2013 Installation – IISExt.vbs

The pre-requisites installation in one of my recent SharePoint 2013 farm installations was failing at the step where it configures the Application Server and Web Server role for the Server: Further, the error logs had the following entry: ——————————————————————————————————- – … Continue reading

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Configure Apps for SharePoint 2013

Microsoft has published a very comprehensive set of guidelines for installing, configuring and managing Apps for SharePoint 2013. These guidelines are available on the TechNet site here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/fp161232.aspx. Without duplicating those details however, I wanted to capture the few necessary steps for those who wanted … Continue reading

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