Setup SharePoint 2013 Single Server Environment – Part 3: Windows Server 2012 Setup


This series describes the details and required steps for setting up a SharePoint 2013 Single Server Environment. This is typically used by developers in order to write custom solutions without interfering with one another. This type of environment is also is good for evaluation, training and demonstration purposes.
The series contains 6 parts:
  1. Environment Details
  2. VM setup
  3. Windows Server 2012 setup
  4. SQL Server setup
  5. SharePoint Installation and Initial Configuration
  6. Post-Installation Steps

Windows 2012 Server setup

This article contains the required steps to properly setup Windows Server 2012 with the required features to run a single server SharePoint 2013 environment, which includes setting Active Directory and Domain Controller.

Windows Server 2012 Installation

As per the previous article in this series, we should have downloaded the Windows Server 2012 ISO installation file and added it to the VM as a Virtual Optical Drive by now. When the VM is started, the Windows installation will kick in automatically.

Configure Server Roles

After the Windows installation is complete, follow this steps to properly add the required server roles and features:
  1. Setting Computer Name and Network Settings
    1. From the Server DashBoard go to Local Server
    2. Change Computer Name and Restart
    3. After restart, select Ethernet > Properties > Internet Protocol Version 4
    4. Specify network settings such as:
      1. IP address:,
      2. Subnet mask:,
      3. Subnet Gateway:
  2. Adding Server Roles
    1. From the Server Manager DashBoard click Add Roles and Features
    2. Set Installation Type to Role-Based or Featured-Based installation
    3. Under Server Roles, select Active Directory Domain Services
    4. Accept popup with required features
    5. Leave everything else as default and click through the end of the wizard
  3. Promote Server to Domain Controller
    1. Go to Server Manager > AD DS
    2. There should be a warning message on top displaying “Configuration required for Active Directory …”. Click More…
    3. On All Server Task Details click “Promote this server to a domain…”
    4. Under Deployment Configuration, select “Add a new forest” and specify the domain name
    5. Enter Administrator password
    6. Leave everything else as default and click through the end of thee wizard
    7. Computer will be restarted at the end
  4. Add users to Domain Controller
    1. After restart, open Active Directory Users and Computers
    2. Under Users, add all required accounts (tick “User cannot change password” and “Password never expires” options):
      1. sp_admin
      2. sp_instal
    3. Add sp_admin to the local “Administrators” group
  5. Install .NET 3.5 Features as prerequisite for SQL Server features installation
    1. From Server Manager > DashBoard click “Add roles and features”
    2. From Features tab select “.Net Framework 3.5 Features”
    3. Click through the end of the wizard.


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