Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Installing SharePoint 2013 on Windows Server 2012 R2

If you have tried to install SharePoint 2013 on Windows Server 2012 R2 and you run the Prerequisite Installer, you may end up receiving the following error message:

If you consult the following Microsoft support article you will see that Windows Server 2012 R2 support is not expected until the release of SP1 for SharePoint 2013:

Unfortunately, this puts SharePoint developers in a similar position as when Windows Server 2012 was released and SharePoint 2010 did not include support for this platform until SharePoint 2010 SP2.

Fortunately, however, if you want to begin leveraging the Windows Server 2012 R2 platform sooner, a set of workarounds have been kindly provided in this article:

You can consult this article for additional details on how to suitable prepare your environment for installation of SharePoint 2013 manually:

Even after following all these steps, I received the following error message dialog when initially attempting to install SharePoint 2013:

Fortunately, this error message was slightly misleading in that it seemed to indicate I needed to still install IIS 6 Management Components (which were already installed on the system), however, this was easily resolved by a simply reboot of the server/restart of the machine.

However, when I attempted to Register the Workflow Service with SharePoint 2013 (to support SharePoint 2013 Workflows), I received the following error message:

The remote server returned an error: (404) Not Found

No matter what I tried on the system, I absolutely could not get the Workflow service to be registered with SharePoint 2013, which required me to revert to using Windows Server 2012.

Therefore, while SharePoint 2010 Workflows seem to work just fine with SharePoint 2013 and Windows Server 2012 R2, SharePoint 2013 Workflows WILL not work!!!

So, for the time being, if you want to use SharePoint 2013 Workflows on Windows Server 2012 R2, you are out of luck.  Unfortunately, you will have to stick with Windows Server 2012....

UPDATE: With the release of SharePoint Server 2013 SP1 and Workflow Manager 1.0 Refresh, Windows Server 2012 R2 is FINALLY supported.

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