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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Fun with SharePoint 2013 Installation Issues

SharePoint 2013 Setup

As many of you that have installed SharePoint 2010, there were a few 'gotchas'. Everything from the TaxonomyPicker.ascx file to the oddities in dealing with the User Profile Synchronization Service.

Well, expect no less with SharePoint 2013 (at least in the Preview). Some of the old problems still exist (most of these I've already commented on in this blog - the same 2010 fixes apply to 2013 as well).

Some of the common (found so far) include:

1) User profile still has issues, FIM service got hung up (set to Disabled) and User Profile Sync service 'Stuck on starting'. Waiting for a good 15-20 minutes didn't matter but an eventual reboot fixed the problem. However, there's a new wrinkle in the setup: 2013 User Profile Service requires a separate account for accessing AD and NOT the Farm account. Instead of setting up the Farm Account with rights in AD, it is better to setup an AD Domain Administrator account and use that instead (and be sure to set that account correctly in Central Administration and in the User Profile Synchronization setup).

2) "Missing Server Side Dependencies" - yes this one still exists too; so far, there appears no permanent fix for this except for the same one used for 2010.

3) Setting service accounts still requires hoping back and forth between the landing and setting pages; there are still some pages (like the User Profile Synchronization page) where it leaves you with no where to go but back to Central Administration.

4) Setting the new Distributed cache service account has to be done using PowerShell.

I'll be updating as needed....happy setup!

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