Installing SharePoint 2013 SP1 on Windows Server 2012 R2

In this article we will look at the step by step process of installing SharePoint 2013 SP1 on Windows Server 2012 R2.  It’s actually the same as installing SharePoint 2013 on Windows 2012 !  I thought I would document it anyway as I was going through the process.

Note that SharePoint 2013 with SP1  will only install on Windows Server 2012 R2 using the slipstreamed media, you can not install SharePoint 2013 RTM and then apply SharePoint 2013 service pack 1 on Windows Server 2012 R2 at this time.

Ensure you are using a setup account which has Admin access on the SharePoint server. 

  • The setup account also needs SYSADMIN rights in the SQL Server instance as well as firewall access etc. to SQL Server.
  • Ensure the SharePoint server has internet access to download the pre-requisite installer files.
    SQL Server role mapping for setup account.


I have also created an A record alias for my SQL Server simply named SQLDB.


1. Run the Pre-Requisite Installer

    Run the prerequisiteinstaller,exe from the installation media.  Wait for this to complete after several reboots.


    2. Run the Setup file to install the binaries

    Enter license key and accept license agreement and select “Complete” to install the SharePoint binaries onto the server.

    Select Complete for server type  and change the binary install file location if required.

    3. Run The Configuration Wizard to setup the farm

    If you are ready to configure the farm leave the button checked and press Close.


    Click Next on the first screen and Yes on the IIS notification


    Select Create new server farm as this is the first server and click Next.


    Configure Database and farm account. Enter Database server name / alias and farm admin account.


    Enter Passphrase required when adding further servers to the farm in the future.


    Specify a port number for the Central Admin site.


    Check summary and click next to complete configuration of the farm.


    Wait for the 10 steps to complete which may take about 10 minutes then click finish.


    Wait for the Central Admin page to open and click Yes or No on the participation screen.


    Click Cancel for the auto configuration screen. 



    Many thanks for viewing this page, I hope you found something useful here, if so please let me know !


About Mitesh Chauhan
Mitesh Chauhan, Azure Cloud Solutions Architect. This is my blog where I share articles and thoughts on IT Infrastructure and architecture. The topics I am most passionate about are Implementation and architecture of rock solid Cloud Infrastructure based around SQL Server and Windows Server mainly using Microsoft Azure. MCTS - Azure Architecture MCTS - Azure Implementation MCSE Server Infrastructure (Windows Server 2012) , MCITP SQL Server 2008, Togaf Certified, Prince 2 Practitioner.

2 Responses to Installing SharePoint 2013 SP1 on Windows Server 2012 R2

  1. Alemu says:

    I am tasked to install SP 2013 SP1 and all the post I am reading suggest that I should install SP1 first and then run the installation wizard. However, your post suggest to use the wizard directly.

    I am confused with all posts as there are different views. Is it possible to install SP 2013 SP1 from the setup.exe without installing SP1 first?

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