Applies to: SharePoint Server 2013, SharePoint Foundation 2013
Summary: Lists the minimum hardware and software requirements to install and run SharePoint 2013 with Service Pack 1.
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The information in this article applies to SharePoint Foundation 2013 and SharePoint Server 2013. For information about the features that each version supports, see the SharePoint 2013 Product Page.
Some of the hardware requirement values in this article are based on test results from SharePoint 2010 Products and still apply to SharePoint 2013. This article will be updated with appropriate values and republished when new data becomes available. Hardware requirement values obtained from SharePoint 2010 Products that are listed in this article do not apply to search in SharePoint 2013.
This article links to SharePoint 2010 Products guidance where that guidance is still valid. The SharePoint 2010 Products guidance is not applicable for search in SharePoint 2013 because the search architecture has changed significantly.
The hardware and software requirements in this article refer to physical and virtual servers in a SharePoint farm.
SharePoint 2013 provides for several installation scenarios. Currently, these installations include single server with built-in database installations, single-server farm installations, and multiple-server farm installations. This article describes the hardware and software requirements for SharePoint 2013 in each of these scenarios.
Hardware and software requirements for other SharePoint 2013 capabilities
If you plan to use capabilities that are offered through SharePoint 2013 or through other integration channels, such as SQL Server or Exchange Server, you also need to meet the hardware and software requirements that are specific to that capability. The following list provides links to hardware and software requirements for some SharePoint 2013 capabilities:
Hardware requirements – location of physical servers
Some enterprises have data centers that are located in close proximity to one another and are connected by high-bandwidth fiber optic links. In this environment it is possible to configure the two data centers as a single farm. This distributed farm topology is called a stretched farm. Stretched farms for SharePoint 2013 are supported as of April 2013.
For a stretched farm architecture to work as a supported high-availability solution, the following prerequisites must be met:
To provide fault tolerance in a stretched farm, use the standard best practice guidance to configure redundant service applications and databases. For more information, see Create a high availability architecture and strategy for SharePoint 2013.
Hardware requirements—web servers, application servers, and single server installations
The values in the following table are minimum values for installations on a single server with a built-in database and for web and application servers that are running SharePoint 2013 Service Pack 1 in a single / multiple server farm installation under a Windows Server 2012 environment.
Please note: you must have sufficient hard disk space for the base installation and sufficient space for diagnostics such as logging, debugging, creating memory dumps, and so on. For production use, you must also have additional free disk space for day-to-day operations.
In addition, maintain five times as much free space as you have RAM for development, UAT & production environments.
|Installation Scenario||Deployment type and scale||RAM||Processor||Hard disk space|
|Web server in a three-tier farm||Pilot, user acceptance test deployment of SharePoint Server 2013 or SharePoint Foundation 2013.||16 GB||64-bit, 4 cores||250 GB for system drive|
|Application server in a three-tier farm||Production, user acceptance test, or production deployment of SharePoint Server 2013 or SharePoint Foundation 2013.||32 GB||64-bit, 4 cores||250 GB for system drive|
Hardware requirements – database servers
The requirements in the following table apply to database servers in environments that have multiple servers in the farm.
Note: The requirements listed in this section apply to SQL Server 2014.
|Processor||64-bit, 8 cores for small deployments (fewer than 1,000 users)|
|RAM||• 64 GB for small deployments (fewer than 1,000 users) These values are larger than those recommended as the minimum values for SQL Server because of the distribution of data that is required for a SharePoint 2013 environment..|
|Hard disk||500 GB for system drive|
The requirements in the following section apply to the following installations:
|SharePoint 2013 does not support single label domain names. For more information, see Information about configuring Windows for domains with single-label DNS names.|
The Microsoft SharePoint Products Preparation Tool can assist you in the installation of the software prerequisites for SharePoint 2013. Ensure that you have an Internet connection, because some prerequisites are installed from the Internet. For more information about how to use the Microsoft SharePoint Products Preparation Tool, see Install SharePoint 2013 on a single server with SQL Server and Install SharePoint 2013 across multiple servers for a three-tier farm.
|SQL Server 2014 requires the May 2014 Cumulative Update to be installed. To install the May 2014 Cumulative Update see Updates to SharePoint 2013.|
|Windows Server 2012 R2 is only supported on a SharePoint Server 2013 Service Pack 1 environment. For additional information about Windows Server 2012 R2 support, see SharePoint 2013 SP1 support in Windows Server 2012 R2.|
Minimum software requirements
This section provides minimum software requirements for each server in the farm.
Minimum requirements for a database server in a farm:
Minimum requirements for a single server with built-in database:
Minimum requirements for front-end web servers and application servers in a farm:
Minimum requirements for client computers
Minimum recommended services for development environments
The following are the minimum SharePoint 2013 services and service applications that are recommended for development environments:
The optional software in this section is supported but is not required to install or use SharePoint 2013. This software might be required by capabilities such as business intelligence. For more information about system requirements for other capabilities, see Hardware and software requirements for other SharePoint 2013 capabilities.
|Single server with built-in database, front-end web servers, and application servers in a farm||• .NET Framework Data Provider for SQL Server (part of Microsoft .NET Framework) • .NET Framework Data Provider for OLE DB (part of Microsoft .NET Framework) • Workflow Manager You can install Workflow Manager on a dedicated computer. • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services Add-in for Microsoft SharePoint Technologies This add-in is used by Access Services for SharePoint 2013. • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Data-Tier Application (DAC) Framework 64-bit edition • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Transact-SQL ScriptDom 64-bit edition • Microsoft System CLR Types for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 64-bit edition • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) LocalDB 64-bit edition • Microsoft Data Services for the .NET Framework 4 and Silverlight 4 (formerly ADO.NET Data Services) • Exchange Web Services Managed API, version 1.2 • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Remote Blob Store which is part of the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Feature Pack • SQL Server 2008 R2 Analysis Services ADOMD.NET • KB 2472264 If you are running a geo-distributed deployment and your servers are running Windows Server 2008 R2, then installing KB 2472264 can optimize network latency in a dedicated datacenter network. For more information, and to download the software, see You cannot customize some TCP configurations by using the netsh command in Windows Server 2008 R2|
|Client computer||• Windows 7 For information about how to use Windows 7 with SharePoint 2013 in a development environment, see Start: Set up the development environment for SharePoint 2013. • Silverlight 3 • Office 2013 • Microsoft Office 2010 with Service Pack 2 With KB 2553248 • Microsoft Office 2007 with Service Pack 2 With KB 2583910 • Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 with Service Pack 1 • Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac version 12.2.9 Support ends April 9, 2013.|
Links to applicable software
To install Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012, SQL Server, or SharePoint 2013, you can go to the web sites that are listed in this section. You can install most software prerequisites through the SharePoint 2013 Start page. The software prerequisites are also available from web sites that are listed in this section. You can enable the Web Server (IIS) role and the Application Server role in Server Manager.
In scenarios where installing prerequisites directly from the Internet is not possible you can download the prerequisites and then install them from a network share. For more information, see Install prerequisites for SharePoint 2013 from a network share.
Prerequisite installer operations and command-line options
The SharePoint 2013 prerequisite installer (prerequisiteinstaller.exe) installs the following software, if it has not already been installed on the target server, in this order:
You can run prerequisiteinstaller.exe at a command prompt with the following options. When you run prerequisiteinstaller.exe at a command prompt, you may be asked to restart the server one or more times during the installation process. After rebooting, you should continue the prerequisite installation by running prerequisiteinstaller.exe with the /continue option.
The installer installs from the file that you specify in the command-line options described in the following list. In this list, <file> signifies the file from which you want to install. If you do not specify the <file> option, the installer downloads the file from the Internet and installs it. If the option does not apply to the current operating system, it is ignored.
Certain prerequisites are installed by the prerequisite installer with specific options. Those prerequisites with specific installation options are listed below with the options that are used by the prerequisite installer.
/i CacheClient,CachingService,CacheAdmin /gac
The prerequisite installer creates log files at %TEMP%prerequisiteinstaller.<date>.<time>.log. You can check these log files for specific details about all changes the installer makes to the target computer.