Setup SharePoint 2013 Single Server Environment – Part 1: Environment Details


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

Environment Details

This article contains the environment details, including hardware requirements, minimum recommended services, minimum software, an required service accounts.

Hardware Requirements

  • Processor: 4 cores, 64-bit
  • RAM: 10GB
  • Hard-Drive Space: 100GB

Minimum Recommended Services for Development Environment

  • App Management Service Application
  • Central Administration Website
  • Claims to Windows Token Service (C2WTW)
  • Distributed Cache Service
  • Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2013 Site and Subscription Setting Service
  • Secure Store Service
  • User Profile Service Application (SP 2013 only)

Minimum Software

Optional Extra Software

  • Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2013
  • Google Chrome
  • Firefox
  • ULSViewer

Service Accounts

Account Purpose Requirements
SQL Service Account


Used to run SQL Server services:

  • Use either a Local System account or a domain user account.
SharePoint Setup Account


Used to run the following:

  • Setup
  • SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard
  • Domain user account.
  • Member of the Administrators group on each server on which Setup is run.
  • SQL Server login on the computer that runs SQL Server.
  • Member of the following SQL Server roles:
 Server farm account or database access account


Used to perform the following tasks:

  • Configure and manage the server farm.
  • Act as the application pool identity for the SharePoint Central Administration Web site.
  • Run the Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Workflow Timer Service.
  • Domain user account.
  • Additional permissions are automatically granted for the server farm account on Web servers and application servers that are joined to a server farm.
  • The server farm account is automatically added as a SQL Server login on the computer that runs SQL Server.
  • The account is added to the following SQL Server security roles:
    • dbcreator
    • securityadmin
    • db_owner for all SharePoint databases in the server farm


VM Setup >>


Install and Configure SharePoint 2013
Install SharePoint 2013 on a single server with SQL Server

Tools and techniques for Agile teams

The following list is meant to be a compilation of practices used by teams following an agile development process. This is not an absolute list, as I intend to update it periodically, but it should represent the most common practices being adopted and exercised in the field.


  • Product and Sprint Backlogs
  • Kanban Boards
  • User Stories
  • DoD (Definition of Done)
  • Acceptance Criteria


  • Sprint Planning
  • Story Points
  • Planning Poker


  • Burnup and burndown charts
  • Daily Stand-up
  • Sprint Review
  • Retrospective Analysis
  • Automated Tests
  • Continuous Integration
  • Code Reviews

Quality & Productivity

  • Source Control
  • Pair Programming
  • Automated Testing
  • Test-Driven Development
  • Continuous Integration
  • Design Patterns
  • Code Refactoring
  • Product Increment

Project Roles

  • Scrum Master
  • Product Owner
  • Cross-Functional team