Install SharePoint 2013 Public Beta on Windows Server 2012 RC – Part VI – Configuring SharePoint 2013 on Windows Server 2012 RC

Last week we finished the installation of SharePoint 2013. For us to test the new version off SharePoint we still have to do some configuration.

The first thing we will do is creating a couple of service accounts that we will use to create Service Application and Web Applications.

Open Active Directory Users or Computer by doing the following:

  1. Go to the Start Menu by using the Windows button or by going to the low left corner with your mouse.
  2. With the Start Menu open select “Active Directory Users and Computers”.

Open the Users OU and use your other mouse button to add a new user. When you have the “New Object – User” window open create the following user.

First name Last name User Logon name User logon name
SharePoint Application Pool svc_spapppool svc_spapppool
SharePoint Services svc_spservices svc_spservices
SharePoint Search svc_spsearch svc_spsearch
SharePoint Content Access spcontentaccess spcontentaccess

 

Make sure you select the options, for all of the accounts:

  • User cannot change password.
  • Password never expires.

For us to create a new site we will also have to register a url within the DNS (You can also do this within your host file).  To alter the DNS configuration do the following:

  1. Go to the Start Menu by using the Windows button or by going to the low left corner with your mouse.
  2. With the Start Menu open select “DNS”.

Select the forward lookup zone of your domain and add a new A Host record. For this machine I chose the following domain: sp2013.dev.local.

SharePoint-2013---DNS-Entry

For us to access this URL this machine we will also have to disable the LoopBackCheck, this is because Windows Server 2012 also had the same security enabled as Windows Server 2008 R2. To disable the LoopBackCheck check this blog post:

https://msftplayground.com/2009/04/access-denied-while-crawling-sites/

Now that we have done these configurations we can start with the last configuration steps off SharePoint. First off we will create some managed accounts:

Create Managed Accounts

To create managed accounts follow the following steps:

  1. Open “Central Administration”
  2. Go to the Security section.
  3. Select “Configure Managed Accounts”  under “General Security”.
  4. Then add managed accounts for all the accounts we created in the AD besides the spcontentaccess account.

SharePoint-2013---Managed-Accounts

With the managed accounts in place it is time to create our web application.

Create Web Application

To create a new web application follow these steps:

  1. With “Central Administration” opened go to the “Application Management” section.
  2. Select “Manage web applications”.
  3. On the toolbar select “New”  within the toolbar.
  4. Create the web application with the following information.
Setting Value
IIS Web Site Create a new IIS web site.
Name: SharePont – SP2013
Port:80
Host Header: sp2013.dev.local
Path: Keep the default value
Security Configuration Allow Anonymous:false
Use Secure Sockets Layer(SSL): false
Claims Authentication Type Integrated Windows Authentication: NTLM
Sign In Page Url Default Sign In Page
Public Url URL: http://sp2013.dev.local:80
Zone: Default
Application Pool Create new application pool:
Name: SharePoint Web Application
Configurable: DEV\sp_spapppool
Database Name and Authentication Database Server: SQL2012_SP
Database Name: WSS_Content_2013
Windows Authentication
Service Application Connections Default

 

Press ‘Ok’ to create the web application.

SharePoint-2013---New-Web-Applciation---Waiting

When the web application is created we will define some managed paths to create site collections.

Define Managed Paths

  1. With “Central Administration” opened go to the “Application Management” section.
  2. Select “Manage web applications”.
  3. Select the web application for which you want to define the managed paths.
  4. On the toolbar select “Managed Paths” within the toolbar.
  5. In the Define Managed Paths window add the following Managed Paths:
Path Type
personal Explicit
hub Explicit
content Explicit

 

With the Managed Paths in place it is time to create a few site collections.

Create Site Collections

First off we will create a MySite host site collection. To start creating site collections follow these steps:

  1. With “Central Administration” opened go to the “Application Management” section.
  2. Select “Create Site Collections”
  3. Make the site collection with the following information:
Setting Value
Web Application Make sure the right web application is selected
Title and Description Title: SP2013 MySite
Description: MySite Host
Web Site Address Url: http://sp2013.dev.local/personal
Template Selection Enterprise – My Site Host
Site Collection Administrators Choose the users you want to administrator the site collection. For this machine we will use dev\spadmin

 

Creating a site collection with these settings will create a my site host. We will also create a Team site and a Hub site.

Settings for the Hub site

Setting Value
Web Application Make sure the right web application is selected
Title and Description Title: SP2013 Hub
Description: Hub Host
Web Site Address Url: http://sp2013.dev.local/hub
Template Selection Enterprise – My Site Host
Site Collection Administrators Choose the users you want to administrator the site collection. For this machine we will use dev\spadmin

 

Settings for the Team site

Setting Value
Web Application Make sure the right web application is selected
Title and Description Title: SP2013
Description: Team site
Web Site Address Url: http://sp2013.dev.local/
Template Selection Enterprise – My Site Host
Site Collection Administrators Choose the users you want to administrator the site collection. For this machine we will use dev\spadmin

 

With the site collections in place we can start creating the several Service Applications.

Create User Profile Service  Application

To create a User Profile Service Application follow the following steps:

  1. With “Central Administration” opened go to the “Application Management” section.
  2. Select “Manage Service Applications”.
  3. On the toolbar select “New”  and select “User Profile Service Application”
  4. Create the Application with the following settings.
Setting Value
Name User Profile Service Application
Application Pool Create new application pool:
Application pool name:
SharePoint Service Application Pool
Configurable: DEV\svc_spservices
Synchronization Database Database Server: SQL2012_SP
Database Name: Sync_DB
Profile Database Database Server: SQL2012_SP
Database Name: Profile_DB
Social Tagging Database Database Server: SQL2012_SP
Database Name: Social_DB
Profile Synchronization Instance DEV_BETA
My Site Host Url http://sp2013.dev.local/personal
My Site Managed Paths /content
Site Naming Format User name

 

Create Managed Metadata service Application

The following service application we will be creating is the Managed Metadata Service Application.

Follow these steps:

  1. With “Central Administration” opened go to the “Application Management” section.
  2. Select “Manage Service Applications”.
  3. On the toolbar select “New” and select “Managed Metadata service application”
  4. Create the Application with the following settings.
Setting Value
Name Managed Metadata Service
Database Database Server: SQL2012_SP
Database Name: SharePoint_Managed_Metadata
Application Pool Use existing application pool:
Application pool name:
SharePoint Service Application Pool
Content Type Hub http://sp2013.dev.local/hub
Select, Report Syndication import errors from site collections using this service application.

 

Create App Management Service Application

Next up is a new service application called “App Management Service Application”. This service application will give you the ability to manage the new App solutions that are build into SharePoint 2013.

Follow these steps to create this service application:

  1. With “Central Administration” opened go to the “Application Management” section.
  2. Select “Manage Service Applications”.
  3. On the toolbar select “New” and select “App Management Service”
  4. Create the Application with the following settings.
Setting Value
Name App Management Service Application
Database Database Server: SQL2012_SP
Database Name: App_Managed_DB
Application Pool Use existing application pool:
Application pool name:
SharePoint Service Application Pool
Create App Management Service Application Proxy Select, create App Management Service Application Proxy and add it to the default proxy group.

 

Create Business Data Connectivity Service Application

A service application that was also in SharePoint 2010 is the BDC Application.

Follow these steps to create it:

  1. With “Central Administration” opened go to the “Application Management” section.
  2. Select “Manage Service Applications”.
  3. On the toolbar select “New” and select “Business Data Connectivity Service Application”
  4. Create the Application with the following settings.
Setting Value
Name Business Data Connectivity Service Application
Database Database Server: SQL2012_SP
Database Name: BDC_Service_DB
Application Pool Use existing application pool:
Application pool name:
SharePoint Service Application Pool

 

When I was creating this service application I received multiple errors. Even when I retried to create at went wrong with the same errors. When I checked the application everything looked fine and seem to be working correctly.

Create Machine Translation Service Application

Another new Service Application is the Machine Translation Service Application. This application give you the option to translate all kind off documents. The texts that are in the documents will be translated by the online Bing translation services.

To create this application use the following steps:

  1. With “Central Administration” opened go to the “Application Management” section.
  2. Select “Manage Service Applications”.
  3. On the toolbar select “New” and select “Machine Translation Service Application”
  4. Create the Application with the following settings.
Setting Value
Name Machine Translation Service Application
Application Pool Use existing application pool:
Application pool name:
SharePoint Service Application Pool
Partition mode Don’t select this option.
Add to default proxy list Select this option to add it to the default proxy list.
Database Database Server: SQL2012_SP
Database Name: Machine_Translation_Service_DB

 

Create Search Service Application

The Search Service Application is the next service application we will create. There changed a couple off small things to the search service application but creating is still the same.

Follow these steps:

  1. With “Central Administration” opened go to the “Application Management” section.
  2. Select “Manage Service Applications”.
  3. On the toolbar select “New” and select “Search Service Application”
  4. Create the Application with the following settings.
Setting Value
Name Search Service Application
Search Service Account DEV\svc_spsearch
Application Pool for Search Admin Web Service Create New Application Pool.
Application pool name:
SharePoint – Admin Search Service.
Configurable: DEV\svc_spsearch
Application Pool for Search Query & Site Settings Web Service Create New Application Pool.
Application pool name:
SharePoint – Query and Site Settings Pool.
Configurable: DEV\svc_spsearch

 

Create Secure Store Service

We will also create a Secure Store Service for when we would like to test connections to other systems like CRM.

Follow these steps to create the application:

  1. With “Central Administration” opened go to the “Application Management” section.
  2. Select “Manage Service Applications”.
  3. On the toolbar select “New” and select “Secure Store Service Application”
  4. Create the Application with the following settings.
Setting Value
Name Secure Store Service Application
Database Database Server: SQL2012_SP
Database Name: Secure_Store_Service_DB
Application Pool Use existing application pool:
Application pool name:
SharePoint Service Application Pool
Enable audit Enable the audit log and set the days until purge to 30.

 

Create Work Management Service

The work management service is the last service application we will create trough the UI. This is also one off the new service applications. The work management service application will give users the ability to edit and change there tasks on one single place within the SharePoint farm. This service will take care of changing values on other places and aggregating the tasks. One off the great things it is also possible to synchronize exchange tasks!!!

To create the Work Management Service follow these steps:

  1. With “Central Administration” opened go to the “Application Management” section.
  2. Select “Manage Service Applications”.
  3. On the toolbar select “New” and select “Work management Service Application”
  4. Create the Application with the following settings.
Setting Value
Name Work Management Service Application
Application Pool Use existing application pool:
Application pool name:
SharePoint Service Application Pool
Service Application Proxy Select create proxy for this service application.

 

This were all off the service application we will create trough the UI will will have to create the State Service Application with PowerShell.

Create State Service application with PowerShell

  1. Run the “SharePoint 2013 Management Shell” as Administrator.
  2. Type: “New-SPStateServiceApplication”
  3. Next enter the name for the service application “Name : State Service Application”

With all the Service applications in place we will perform a IISReset make sure that all settings are refreshed.

After the IISReset we can start the service by going to the following screen:

  1. Open “Central Administration”
  2. Select “Application Management”
  3. Then select “Manage services on server”

With the Services screen open start the following services:

  • App Management Service
  • Business Data Connectivity Service
  • Claims to Windows Token Service
  • Machine Translation Service
  • Managed Metadata Web Service
  • Request Management
  • Secure Store Service
  • User Profile Service
  • Work Management Service

When these services are started we will make the farm account (svc_spfarm) local administrator. This is because off the same problem with SharePoint 2010.

To make the svc_spfarm account local administrator do the following:

Open Active Directory Users or Computer by doing the following:

  1. Go to the Start Menu by using the Windows button or by going to the low left corner with your mouse.
  2. With the Start Menu open select “Active Directory Users and Computers”.
  3. With Active Directory Users and Computers open open the domain and select the Builtin OU.
  4. Within the Builtin OU find the administrators group and add the farm account to it.

Perform a reset off your VM to reset the security of the farm account. Then go back the “Manage services on server” and start the “User Profile Synchronization Service”.

When you will start this service you will have to connect it to a Service Application. Connect it to the User Profile Service application we created above.

With all these service applications and web applications in place you have a great environment to start testing SharePoint 2013. If you have any further question just leave a comment and I will get back to you!!

SharePoint-2013---SP2013-Site-Colleciton

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  • After having great success with 1-5, this one proved to be too much. After everything was said and done, I get page cannot be displayed. SP will not show up in in the browser 🙁

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