Friday, April 10, 2015

SharePoint 2013 Dream Machine

If you are familiar with the system requirements for SharePoint 2013, you may already know that the recommended memory requirements for SharePoint 2013 is 16 GB.

Well, that puts many developers/administrators and architects in a precarious situation if they want to test varying SharePoint 2013 Farm configurations since most modern desktops only ship with 16 GB or 32 GB of RAM.

Even if you have 32 GB of RAM, you might only be able to get 2-3 VMs running alongside SharePoint (such as a Domain Controller and an Office Web Apps Server, or a Domain Controller and a Search/Index Server or possibly an Application Tier Server and a Web Front End).

If you want to test out integration points with SharePoint 2013 such as Team Foundation Server, Microsoft Dynamics CRM or Project Server, this will probably require implementing your SharePoint Farm across multiple machines.

Well, I was taking a look at the Costco website today and it seems that they have a SharePoint Administrator's Dream Machine!|-Intel-Core-i7-|-2GB-Graphics-|-Windows-8.1-Professional.product.100172430.html

With 64 GB of RAM and plenty of CPU horsepower and expandability, it makes it easy to set up even a very sophisticated SharePoint 2013 Farm virtual environment!!

With so much memory available, you can readily configure a full SharePoint Farm complete with multiple load-balanced WFEs, a SharePoint Application Tier Server, a separate SQL Server, a Domain Controller and perhaps even a separate Search/Index Server or Office Web Apps Server!

How cool is that??

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