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Installing SharePoint 2013 preview on a standalone, workgroup server

If you try to install SP2013 on a standalone (i.e. not joined to a domain controller), you will eventually get an error.

"Service running under Network Service account in workgroup environment is not supported."

To avoid this error, create the configuration database after the main setup before you run the “Configuring SharePoint Products” wizard.

Open Powershell, add the usual snapin if necessary (depends on what you do when I say “Open Powershell”!), ignore the warning about missing implementingType for education.institution.dll, and then do a

New-SPConfigurationDatabase

That’s it! Now you can run the Config wizard, and everything should be ok. Well, things were ok on the three servers I’ve tried it on so far. 

Note: Do not do this if you ever intend to do any workflow stuff. Things will not work.


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# re: Installing SharePoint 2013 preview on a standalone, workgroup server

Gravatar Thanks, this will save some time. 7/26/2012 10:46 PM | paulsur

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The article is very good 7/28/2012 3:51 AM | Vikings Jersey

# re: Installing SharePoint 2013 preview on a standalone, workgroup server

Gravatar What do you mean by "the usual snapin"? 9/1/2012 1:12 AM | User

# re: Installing SharePoint 2013 preview on a standalone, workgroup server

Gravatar I always use Powershell ISE - so I always have to
"Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.Powershell"

If you use the SharePoint powershell command window, it is preloaded. 9/2/2012 1:15 PM | Norgean

# re: Installing SharePoint 2013 preview on a standalone, workgroup server

Gravatar Great post. Thanks for sharing. Very helpful! 1/16/2013 8:30 AM | Megan

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