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There are two ways to upgrade from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013: In-place upgrade and the database-attach upgrade. We will be using the database-attach method as the in-place upgrade is not supported by Microsoft. In this method, you install a completely new farm and then upgrade the databases with that farm.
Step 1 – Minimum requirements
The first thing we need to look at when upgrading any application is their requirements. On January 29th, 2013, Microsoft updated the minimum requirements for the SharePoint production environment from 8GB to 12GB.
|2010 – Small||64-bit, 4 Cores||8GB||80GB+|
|2010 – Medium||64-bit, 8 Cores||16GB||80GB+|
|2013 – Small||64-bit, 4 Cores||12GB||80GB+|
|2013 – Medium||64-bit, 8 Cores||16GB||80GB+|
If you are going to be installing SharePoint in a virtual environment, these guidelines are not a big deal as you can just add resources as they’re needed. In a traditional environment, these requirements are more important. A good rule of thumb is to double the minimum requirements for your specific environment and purchase hardware that can be easily upgraded by added extra processors and RAM.
Step 2 – Software prerequisites
The software prerequisites are just that: required software to support running SharePoint 2013. To get started installing this software, the auto run menu has a quick link to perform this task. Of course you must be connected to the internet in order for the software to be downloaded. Click on the Install software prerequisites link in the auto run menu.
Install Software Prerequisites
The dialogue box that pops up informs us of what software will be installed. Click the Next > button.
SharePoint 2013 Products Preparation Tool
The next window is the license agreement for the aforementioned software. Read the EULA, and if you accept, tick the I accept the terms of the License Agreement(s) box and click the Next > button.
The wizard will then go through the process of downloading and installing the prerequisites.
Now Installing Prerequisites
After several minutes the prerequisite installation will be complete and the server will have to be restarted. Click the Finish button.
After the reboot when you log in, the install will automatically start again to complete the installation of any prerequisites needed.
Now Installing Prerequisites
Again, you will presented with the Your system needs to restart…window after this step has completed. Click the Finish button to restart the server again.
It is always recommended that Windows Update be ran after installing any Microsoft software. Obviously this is dependent on your environment whether updates are ran against actual Windows Update, your WSUS server, or at all. Install any updates and move on to step three.
Step 3 – Install SharePoint 2013
Now that the prerequisites and any updates have been installed, we can move on to the actual installation of SharePoint 2013. Open the auto run menu again and click the Install SharePoint Server link.
Install SharePoint Server
The first dialogue box that pops up will be the window requesting your product installation key. Enter it and click Continue to verify the key.
Enter Product Key
We are again presented with a EULA; this time for SharePoint Server itself. Read the agreement, accept it if you agree, and then click Continue.
Software License Terms
A prompt for the server type is on the next screen. If this were a test server or very, very small deployment, we would select the Stand-Alone server type. In order to use the database-attach method for our upgrade, we must select Complete and click Install Now.
The actual installation process has been initiated. This will take several minutes to complete as it is installing everything needed to run SharePoint 2013.
When the installation process has completed, we are presented with the Run Configuration Wizard dialogue box. The Run the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard now is selected by default as it is the next step in the process. Leave it checked and click the Close button.
SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard
The installation process has been completed successfully. In the next step we will configure our new server. At this point, because we still need to configure SharePoint 2013 we will not run any Windows Updates. This process will be done at the end of the Configuration Wizard.
Step 4 – Configuration Wizard
After the installation process has completed successfully, we will need to configure our new SharePoint 2013 farm. The window shown below will pop up a few seconds after closing the installation wizard. Click the Next > button.
Welcome to SharePoint Products
A warning immediately pops up after clicking Next >to inform us that several services will be restarted. If this were a shared box hosting other websites, this would definitely be concerning and require an afterhours installation. However, because this is a brand new server there is no harm in restarting services. Click the Yes button to continue.
The next part is important to remember. We are not adding a server to the SharePoint 2010 farm. We are completely creating new farm. Select the Create a new server farm radio button and click Next >.
Upgrade Sever Farm
The configuration wizard is now ready to create and write information to a database. Preferably, this is a completely separate SQL server than what the SharePoint 2010 server is using. We don’t want to worry about bringing that server down or accidentally overwriting any databases. Enter the information of the database server and whatever username/password you will be using as the SharePoint database administrator. It would be best to create a new account in Active Directory or reuse the AD account the farm we’re upgrading uses. When complete, click the Next > button.
Specify Configuration Database Settings
A farm passphrase is required to add another SharePoint server to a farm. Because this is the first server in the new farm, the passphrase will be entered here. Click Next > when complete. The wizard will let you know if the passphrases do not match.
Specify Farm Security Settings
The next dialogue box configures the security settings and port for the Central Administration site. Unless there is a specific port you wish to use, leave the Specify port number checkbox unchecked. I have also left NTLM, which is the default, selected. Click Next >.
Configure SharePoint Central Administration Web Application
This window just informs us of some configuration information that will be used. Ensure that the information is correct and click Next >. In the screenshot below, as an example, you’ll see the information for the servers I’m using to create this article.
Completing the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard
The configuration process will begin after you click Next >. This part will take several minutes. The configuration wizard is writing information to the configuration database, configuring IIS, and setting up authentication for your new farm.
Configuring SharePoint Products
After the wizard completes, you are again presented with the options we previously entered and a Configuration Successful message. Click the Finish button to complete the configuration wizard.
Upon completion, the wizard will open the Central Administration site in your default web browser. At this point, because we’re upgrading, we don’t want start the next wizard. Click the Cancel button shown in the screenshot to stop the wizard.
SharePoint 2013 Central Administration
Note: As a quick side note, we don’t want to auto configure any these service applications:
- User Profile
- Business Data Connectivity
- PerformancePoint Services
- Managed Metadata
- Secure Store
These service applications will be upgraded form our previous version in the database-attach method.
At this point we have successfully installed SharePoint 2013. We went over the requirements of SharePoint 2013, installed its prerequisites and software, and ran the configuration wizard. In the next article, we will continue with the database-attach method and complete the upgrade from SharePoint 2010 to 2013.
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Nice blog. One comment on the min requirements. The min RAM for production environments is 12GB now in SP2013.
Thanks for the information Matt! I see that they did indeed change the minimum requirements. They were updated on January 29th, 2013. Thanks for the great find, and I’ll see about getting those requirements updated.