SharePoint 2013 Preview public template

Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Preview is a web application platform designed to facilitate enterprise content management and collaboration amongst teams within an organization. The most common uses include running a company intranet portal; managing public websites; and storing and tracking documentation.

The Skytap SharePoint 2013 Preview public template contains a pre-configured SharePoint environment consisting of a VM running SharePoint 2013 Preview Team Foundation Server, and a Windows Active Directory server. Details on the contents, use cases, and startup steps can be found below.

Template location

Template contents

  • One (1) – Windows Server 2008 R2 VM web server running SharePoint 2013 Foundation Server Preview
  • One (1) – Windows Server 2008 R2 VM configured as a Windows Active Directory Server

Use cases

  • Try out SharePoint 2013 to see new features and changes from SharePoint 2012
  • Run your SharePoint sites and applications on SharePoint 2013 to test compatibility

Getting started

The SharePoint Farm is ready to run as soon as it’s created from a template, so the startup steps are minimal:

  1. Run both VMs in the environment. They should take less than a minute to start up.
  2. Access the SharePoint 2013 Preview VM via the Secure Remote Access (SRA) browser client.
  3. Sign in to the SharePoint VM using the top-most set of credentials saved in the SharePoint VM. For instructions on accessing credentials, see How do I find the VM user name and password?.
  4. In the VM, open Internet Explorer, and it will navigate to a SharePoint administration page that will allow you to start creating and editing sites.

SharePoint guides

  • The Microsoft Technet Site for SharePoint contains additional information for SharePoint 2013.

Support – As a Preview edition, SharePoint 2013 Preview is not supported by Microsoft.

Licensing – This configuration runs SharePoint 2013 Foundation Server Preview, a freely licensed preview version of SharePoint. We recommend that you input your own Windows Server licenses in all the VMs in this environment.