Apr 07
SharePoint 2013 installation instructions using AutoSPInstaller V3 and AutoSPInstallerGUI – Post Installation

Welcome to Step 4 of 4 of SharePoint 2013 installation instructions using AutoSPInstaller V3 and AutoSPInstallerGUI.

Click here to go to Part 3 of this series – Farm Configuration.

I have split this post into 4 series:


Post Installation – Step 4 of 4

This section talks to the Post Installation steps you should be aware of to configure on your SharePoint 2013 farm that are either not yet supported or unavailable using AutoSPInstaller.

User Profile Synchronization

Although, AutoSPInstaller does configure your User Profile Synchronization service, configuring User Profile Synchronization automatically via PowerShell scripts is capable but is not supported by Microsoft, so this has to be done manually to be in a supported state.

Content Source Search Crawl Schedules

Search content crawl schedules to have full and incremental crawl of your SharePoint sites need to be configured in order for search to work.

App Management Service

To use Apps from the Office Store or custom ones from your own App Catalog, you need to configure the DNS and App Management service settings on your domain and server.

Office Web Apps

To use an Office Web Apps server to present your Microsoft document in a browser to your users, you need to run configuration Office Web Apps scripts for SharePoint 2013.

Hope this guide helps you as much as it does me!  If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact me on twitter @nkhamis.

Apr 07
Step by Step SharePoint 2013 installation instructions using AutoSPInstaller V3 and AutoSPInstallerGUI – Farm Configuration

Welcome to Step 3 of 4 of SharePoint 2013 installation instructions using AutoSPInstaller V3 and AutoSPInstallerGUI.

Click here to go to Part 2 of this series - Software Download.

I have split this post into 4 series:


Farm Configuration and Installation – Step 3 of 4

This step guides you through some of the basic configuration options that AutoSPInstaller and AutoSPInstallerGUI give you when configuring your farm. More advanced configurations are described on the AutoSPInstaller and AutoSPInstallerGUI CodePlex sites.

  1. Run AutoSPInstallerGUI from C:\SP

  2. Go to File -> Load XML and point to the C:\SP\AutoSPInstaller\AutoSPInstallerInput.xml configuration file

  3. On the Install tab, fill in the necessary components and how you would like your install to be configured
    1. Set the Environment
    2. Optional - Set it to offline install because you ran AutoSPSourceBuilder and auto slip streamed the cumulative updates and downloaded the pre-reqs
    3. Enable Auto Admin with the setup account (sp2013setup in my case) password so you don't have to keep logging in after reboots to continue the process
    4. Change the search Index Data Directory to a different drive if possible
    5. Set your PID key (product key) and SKU version

  4. On the Farm tab, populate all the appropriate settings for each sub-tab
    1. Ensure you put in a Passphrase so that you can easily add more servers to the farm
    2. Create a database alias in case you ever need to move the SQL Server
    3. Set the DB Prefix with the environment name to easily identify your databases

    Recommend changing all log file locations to a separate drive

  5. Leave or customize the defaults in the web application tab

  6. Set the Service Application tabs properties


  7. Configure the enterprise service apps if required

  8. Configure Other properties if required

  9. Go to File -> Save to save your XML file and close AutoSPInstallerGUI
  10. In C:\SP\AutoSPInstaller, right click and run the AutoSPInstallerLaunch.bat file as admin


And voila! Once the script has been run, you should have a semi-running SharePoint farm.

Click here to go to Part 4 of this series - Post Installation.

Apr 07
Step by Step SharePoint 2013 installation instructions using AutoSPInstaller V3 and AutoSPInstallerGUI – Software Download

Welcome to Step 2 of 4 of SharePoint 2013 installation instructions using AutoSPInstaller V3 and AutoSPInstallerGUI.

Click here to go to Part 1 of this series – System Setup.

I have split this post into 4 series:


Software Download – Step 2 of 4

This section talks about the software you should have ready on your system before starting the installation and configuration process of your SharePoint 2013 farm using AutoSPInstaller.

  1. Login to your SharePoint Server as your domain\sp2013setup local administrator account
  2. Download SharePoint 2013 Server (w/ SP1 preferably) - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/hh973397.aspx
  3. Download latest Cumulative Update - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/jj891062.aspx
  4. Download lastest AutoSPInstaller - http://autospinstaller.codeplex.com
  5. Download latest AutoSPInstallerGUI - http://autospinstallergui.codeplex.com
  6. Download latest AutoSPSourceBuilder - https://autospsourcebuilder.codeplex.com


  7. Extract contents of AutoSPInstaller to C: drive (i.e. C:\SP)

  8. Mount your SharePoint 2013 Media File to a drive

  9. Optional (steps 9-12) - Slipstream install any cumulative updates and download prerequisites for an offline install by extracting AutoSPSourceBuilder to C:\SP

  10. Open Windows PowerShell as administrator

  11. Change directory to C:\SP ("CD c:\sp") and run "Set-ExecutionPolicy ByPass"

  12. Choose cumulative update (when prompted) and set parameters for an offline prerequisite install by running ".\AutoSPSourceBuilder.ps1 -GetPrerequisites $true"

  13. Extract AutoSPInstallerGUI to C:\SP

  14. Ensure that C:\SP\AutoSPInstaller\AutoSPInstallerInput.xml file is not marked as read only



Click here to go to Part 3 of this series - Farm Configuration.

Apr 07
Step by Step SharePoint 2013 installation instructions using AutoSPInstaller V3 and AutoSPInstallerGUI – System Setup

In my line of work, I do a ton of SharePoint installations and configurations for DEV, QA, UAT, Integration and Production environments, so anything that would help me automate and accelerate the process is a bonus to me. For years I have been a big fan of Brian Lalancette's SharePoint installation automation PowerShell tools (https://autospinstaller.codeplex.com) so I decided to do a step by step series of blogs for the aspiring SharePoint Administrator on how to use his tool. Although there are other step by step's available which are pretty good, I thought I would put this in a concise format for myself and anyone else who may be interested in it.

I also show how you can use Brian's (https://autospsourcebuilder.codeplex.com) and Ivan Josipovic's (https://autospinstallergui.codeplex.com) along with AutoSPInstaller to accelerate your SharePoint farm installations with pre-requisite integration/downloader and GUI's to make configuration of your installation easier.

I have split this post into 4 series:

Note: Before you begin using this guide for consistency of all of your environments (especially PROD), be mindful of some of the items listed in the Post Installation steps.

System Setup – Part 1 of 4

This set of instructions illustrate some of the initial steps you should perform on the setup of your SharePoint system infrastructure before proceeding to install your SharePoint environment. It assumes some basic SharePoint 2013 infrastructure knowledge. My base OS and SQL assumptions you would use in this guide are Windows 2012 Server and SQL 2012 Server but you can adapt to any supported versions of this software.

  1. Install your base Windows 2012 OS and SQL 2012 Environments for the SharePoint farm of your choosing (i.e. SQL, WFE, OWA, AD) (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee667264(v=office.15).aspx
  2. Ensure your time zone matches across all servers on your OS

  3. (Optional: AutoSPInstaller now does this!) - Disable IE Security Config on SP server 

  4. (Optional: AutoSPInstaller now does this!) - Disable UAC on SP Server

  5. To allow automatic reboots of server during installation, disable warnings on open files (for unattended installs) by going to run à gpedit.msc à User Configuration à Administrative Templates à Windows Components à Attachment Manager à Add ".exe" "Inclusion list for low file types"

  6. Install Windows 2012 Pre-Req 1 - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkID=268725
  7. (Optional: AutoSPInstaller now does this!) - Install .NET 3.5 features from Server Manager

  8. On your AD server, ensure service, admin/setup accounts with necessary machine and Active Directory permissions (an example of my setup below):

  9. Ensure SP2013Setup is local admin on all SP servers and securityadmin and dbcreator server role on SQL Server
  10. (Optional: AutoSPInstaller now does this!) - Ensure SP2013Farm is local admin ONLY during UPS provisioning on UPS server (remove after)
  11. Ensure SP2013UserProfiles has replicate directory changes on AD -> Delegate permissions (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh296982(v=office.15).aspx)

  12. On your SQL Server, enable TCP/IP & Named Pipes under SQL Server Network Configuration

Click here to go to Part 2 of this series - Software Download.

Apr 07
Hold off on installing SharePoint Server 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

​Microsoft has identified a few issues with SP1 and recently updated their SP1 KB article with the following excerpt:

"We have recently uncovered an issue with this Service Pack 1 package that may prevent customers who have Service Pack 1 from deploying future public or cumulative updates. As a precautionary measure, we have deactivated the download page until a new package is published."

This is pretty big news since Microsoft has recently touted this service pack as a necessary add-on to your SharePoint 2013 installation  as it "includes performance, reliability, and security fixes".

Update: Bill Baer has posted more information in this blog post.

But please don't panic!

For those admins that haven't installed it, just wait a little while, Microsoft should have a patched SP1 version soon (or a patch for SP1).

For those admins that have a new installation and installed the SharePoint 2013 ISO with SP1 slipstreamed/built into the media, this should be unaffected (credit Todd Klindt's blog post who spoke to Bill Baer with this information).

For those admins that already have installed it on top of their existing SharePoint 2013 RTM environment, Microsoft is working on a patch to the service pack which should be released soon and they will soon update the links with a patched version of the service pack download which resolves this problem.

Mar 26
Speaking at the very first SP24 Online Conference on April 17th

I'm happy to announce that I will be speaking at the very first SP24 online conference​ on April 17th at 4pm EST.


My session will be on SharePoint Records Management and will guide you through the features you need to know for your SharePoint 2013 Records Management Implementation

For those that don't know:

  • SP24 lasts for 24 hours and will follow the sun from New Zealand to Hawaii.
  • SP24 will feature speakers that are voted for by the community.
  • SP24 has 2 tracks, one to appeal to Business Users and one that will excite technicians such as developers and adminsitrators.
  • SP24 is going to be held entirely on-line.


Check it out now! - https://www.sp24conf.com 

Mar 18
Microsoft has expanded storage limits on your Office 365 / SharePoint Online subscriptions

The latest scoop from the SharePoint Conference 2014 is that Microsoft has increased the storage limit for your Office 365 SharePoint Online sites.

Now your OneDrive for Business and Team Sites site collections are allowed to expand up to 1 TB in size. This is now all controlled by your Office 365 tenant administrators from the SharePoint Online Administration Center.

To add to this Microsoft has stated that for your entire tenant, there is no limit to the amount you can expand.

Keep in mind that you still have to pay a cost per extra gigabyte (GB) per month on top of the allotted amount for your subscription.

For more information, see Mark Kashman's post on the Microsoft Office Blog.

Mar 17
Microsoft Support for SharePoint Portal Server 2003 and Internet Explorer 6 is ending

For those of you still using legacy content management systems SharePoint Portal Server 2003 (SPS 2003) or Microsoft Content Manager Server 2002 (MCMS 2002), be aware that Microsoft is stopping any on-going support as of April 8th, 2014. Start planning your upgrades to SharePoint 2013 or Office 365 now (contact your local Microsoft SharePoint consultancy partner to support you through the process or myself through LinkedIn if you would like some advice). Read the original post by Stefan Gobner here.

This news goes hand in hand with the news that Windows XP and Internet Explorer 6 (cough, cough, finally!) are out of support as well. For you clients still holding onto Internet Explorer 6 for one reason or another, please upgrade!

The full list of products running out of support on April 8th include:

  • Windows XP
  • Internet Explorer 6
  • Microsoft Content Management Server (MCMS) 2002
  • SharePoint Portal Server 2003
  • Exchange Server 2003
  • Project Server 2003
  • Project 2003
  • Office 2003
Feb 26
Microsoft has re-branded Office Web Apps to Office Online

On February 19th, Microsoft has announced that "Office Web Apps" will now be called "Office Online". For those that don't know already, it is Microsoft's online version of Microsoft Office where users don't need the Microsoft Office client installed in order to author/edit Microsoft Office Documents (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint). This was done in order to alleviate the confusion on the word "Apps" in "Office Web Apps". Office Online can be seen and used by anybody with a OneDrive (formally SkyDrive) or OneDrive for Business account. Be sure to test out the real time co-authoring capabilities as they are a huge time saver!

Feb 26
Speaking at SharePoint Summit Toronto 2014 on SharePoint 2013 Record Management Systems.

I am happy to say that I will be speaking at SharePoint Summit Toronto on Tuesday May 27th, 2014 from 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM.

I will be speaking amongst some great local and well known industry speakers. Be sure to register now in order to get free entrance to the Excellence Gala.

My session details are as follows:

Real World tips and tools to build your SharePoint 2013 Records Management System

This session will bust the myth that SharePoint is not a good platform and robust enough to build out your SharePoint 2013 Records Management System. Noorez Khamis [Microsoft SharePoint Server MVP] will delve into demos and real world examples of how to start the build out of your SharePoint 2013 Records Management system from scratch. It will talk to many of the built in and add-on features that will help ease your deployment while showing you how your system can scale to an Enterprise Records Management system.

About SharePoint Summit Toronto

Built around the theme of Discover, Innovate, Build, the conference's 2014 edition will zero in on new developments and improvements in the latest version of SharePoint. The conference will be especially content-rich for every user, from beginners to Super Users. Our program of presentations and workshops will be stronger than ever. Some of the reasons to come include:

  • Advanced training sessions covering improvements in the latest version of SharePoint
  • Meet-the-experts roundtables focused on organizations' current concerns
  • Keynote speaker and SharePoint MVP Ruven Gotz
  • More than 60 speakers, including some of the industry's best-known SharePoint influencers and MVPs
  • Case study workshops to share experience-based SharePoint expertise
  • The Second edition of the SharePoint Excellence Gala
  • Registration fees reduced by 20%


Hope to see you there!

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