SharePoint 2010 vs. SharePoint 2013 Hardware, Software and Browser Compatibility Comparison

SharePoint 2010 vs. SharePoint 2013 Hardware, Software and Browser Compatibility Comparison

Carrying on with my SharePoint 2010 vs. SharePoint 2013 analysis, below is a chart indicating the key differences in the hardware, software and browser requirements between SharePoint 2010 and the new SharePoint 2013.

The most key differences in my opinion are the increased RAM requirements for the hardware.  I’ve tried to highlight and point out the key differences in the chart below.  Please let me know if you find any discrepancies.

This data is taken is taken from the following Microsoft TechNet sources:

Hardware and software requirements (SharePoint Server 2010)

Hardware and software requirements for SharePoint 2013

Plan browser support (SharePoint Server 2010)

Plan browser support in SharePoint 2013

Disclaimer: As SharePoint 2013 RTM has just been released, I’m sure there are still updates being made to these articles so please refer to the TechNet articles for any more information required as well as updates. Microsoft states that some values in this article are based on test results from SharePoint 2010 Products and may not represent the final values for SharePoint Server 2013 and that they will update the article with appropriate values as SharePoint Server 2013 data becomes more generally available. 

I will try and update this chart as they release more information.

 

Requirement/Component SharePoint 2010 SharePoint 2013
Hardware requirements—location of physical servers    
Physical Farm Location Not Published All servers that belong to a server farm, including database servers, must physically reside in the same datacenter. Redundancy and failover between closely located data centers that are configured as a single farm (“stretched farm”) is not supported in SharePoint 2013. 
     
Hardware requirements—web servers, application servers, and single server installations    
Single server with a built-in database or single server that uses SQL Server (Foundation 2010/2013)  8 GB (4 GB Developer/Evaluation)
 64-bit, 4 cores
 80 GB for system drive
 8 GB
 64-bit, 4 cores
 80 GB for system drive
Single server with a built-in database or single server that uses SQL Server (Server 2010/2013)  8 GB (4 GB Developer/Evaluation)
 64-bit, 4 cores
 80 GB for system drive
 24 GB
 64-bit, 4 cores
 80 GB for system drive
Web server or application server in a three-tier farm  8 GB (4 GB Developer/Evaluation)
 64-bit, 4 cores
 80 GB for system drive
 12 GB
 64-bit, 4 cores
 80 GB for system drive
     
Hardware requirements—database servers in farm    
Processor 64-bit, 4 cores for small deployments
64-bit, 8 cores for medium deployments

64-bit, 4 cores for small deployments
64-bit, 8 cores for medium deployments

RAM

8 GB for small deployments
16 GB for medium deployments
8 GB for small deployments
16 GB for medium deployments
Hard disk 80 GB for system drive 80 GB for system drive
     
Domain Names    
Single label domain names Not Supported Not Supported
     
Minimum software requirements for a database server in a farm    
SQL One of the following:
-64-bit edition of Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (w/ SharePoint SP1)
-64-bit edition of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
-64-bit edition of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) and CU2 or CU5
-64-bit edition of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 with Service Pack 3 (SP3) and CU3

One of the following:
-The 64-bit edition of
Microsoft SQL Server 2012
.
-The 64-bit edition of
SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1
OS Any compatible OS for the above versions of SQL Server -64-bit edition of Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter
-64-bit edition of
Windows Server 2012 Standard or Datacenter
Updates/Patches -SQL Server 2008 SP1 and CU2 or CU5
-SQL Server 2005 SP3 and CU3
-SharePoint parsing process crashes in Windows Server 2008 R2 (KB 2554876)
-FIX: IIS 7.5 configurations are not updated when you use the ServerManager class to commit configuration changes (KB 2708075)
-Hotfix: ASP.NET (SharePoint) race condition in .NET 4.5 RTM (KB 2759112)
Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.5
     
Minimum requirements for a single server with built-in database    
SQL
Setup installs Microsoft SQL Server 2008 SP1 – Express Edition

Setup installs Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 – Express Edition
OS -64-bit edition of Windows Server 2008 Standard, Enterprise, Data Center, or Web Server with SP2;
-64-bit edition of Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, Enterprise, Data Center, or Web Server
-64-bit edition of Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Standard, Enterprise, Data Center, or Web Server
-64-bit edition of Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter
-64-bit edition of Windows Server 2012 Standard or Datacenter
Updates/Patches -KB979917 – QFE for SharePoint issues – Perf Counter fix & User Impersonation -SharePoint parsing process crashes in Windows Server 2008 R2 (KB 2554876)
-FIX: IIS 7.5 configurations are not updated when you use the ServerManager class to commit configuration changes (KB 2708075)
-Hotfix: ASP.NET (SharePoint) race condition in .NET 4.5 RTM (KB 2759112)
Pre-Requisites -Web Server (IIS) role
-Application Server role
-Microsoft .NET Framework version 3.5 SP1
-SQL Server 2008 Express with SP1
-Microsoft Sync Framework Runtime v1.0 (x64)
-Microsoft Filter Pack 2.0
-Microsoft Chart Controls for the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
-Windows PowerShell 2.0
-SQL Server 2008 Native Client
-Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services ADOMD.NET
-ADO.NET Data Services Update for .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
-A hotfix for the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 that provides a method to support token authentication without transport security or message encryption in WCF.
-Windows Identity Foundation (WIF) 
-Web Server (IIS) role
-Application Server role
-Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.5
-SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 Native Client
-Microsoft WCF Data Services 5.0
-Microsoft Information Protection and Control Client (MSIPC)
-Microsoft Sync Framework Runtime v1.0 SP1 (x64)
-Windows Management Framework 3.0 which includes Windows PowerShell 3.0
-Windows Identity Foundation (WIF) 1.0 and Microsoft Identity Extensions (previously named WIF 1.1)
-Windows Server AppFabric
-Cumulative Update Package 1 for Microsoft AppFabric 1.1 for Windows Server (KB 2671763)
     
Minimum requirements for front-end web servers and application servers in a farm    
OS -64-bit edition of Windows Server 2008 Standard, Enterprise, Data Center, or Web Server with SP2;
-64-bit edition of Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, Enterprise, Data Center, or Web Server
-64-bit edition of Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Standard, Enterprise, Data Center, or Web Server
-64-bit edition of Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter
-64-bit edition of
Windows Server 2012 Standard or Datacenter
Updates/Patches -KB979917 – QFE for SharePoint issues – Perf Counter fix & User Impersonation -SharePoint parsing process crashes in Windows Server 2008 R2 (KB 2554876)
-FIX: IIS 7.5 configurations are not updated when you use the ServerManager class to commit configuration changes (KB 2708075)
-Hotfix: ASP.NET (SharePoint) race condition in .NET 4.5 RTM (KB 2759112)
Pre-Requisites -Web Server (IIS) role
-Application Server role
-Microsoft .NET Framework version 3.5 SP1
-SQL Server 2008 Express with SP1
-Microsoft Sync Framework Runtime v1.0 (x64)
-Microsoft Filter Pack 2.0
-Microsoft Chart Controls for the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
-Windows PowerShell 2.0
-SQL Server 2008 Native Client
-Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services ADOMD.NET
-ADO.NET Data Services Update for .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
-A hotfix for the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 that provides a method to support token authentication without transport security or message encryption in WCF.
-Windows Identity Foundation (WIF) 
-Web Server (IIS) role
-Application Server role
-Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.5
-SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 Native Client
-Microsoft WCF Data Services 5.0
-Microsoft Information Protection and Control Client (MSIPC)
-Microsoft Sync Framework Runtime v1.0 SP1 (x64)
-Windows Management Framework 3.0 which includes Windows PowerShell 3.0
-Windows Identity Foundation (WIF) 1.0 and Microsoft Identity Extensions (previously named WIF 1.1)
-Windows Server AppFabric
-Cumulative Update Package 1 for Microsoft AppFabric 1.1 for Windows Server (KB 2671763)
     
Client Computer Browser Support    
Internet Explorer 10 32-bit

Supported Supported
Internet Explorer 10 64-bit

Supported with Limitations Supported with Limitations
Internet Explorer 9 32-bit Supported Supported
Internet Explorer 9 64-bit Supported with Limitations Supported with Limitations
Internet Explorer 8 32-bit Supported Supported
Internet Explorer 8 64-bit Supported with Limitations Supported with Limitations
Internet Explorer 7 32-bit Supported Not supported
Internet Explorer 7 64-bit Supported with Limitations Not supported
Internet Explorer 6 Not supported Not supported
Google Chrome (latest released version) Supported with Limitations Supported with Limitations
Mozilla Firefox (latest released version) Supported with Limitations Supported with Limitations
Apple Safari (latest released version)

Supported with Limitations Supported with Limitations

 

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