SharePoint 2013 System Requirements

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In Part 2 of an ongoing series about Upgrading to SharePoint 2013, Lead SharePoint Engineer Andy Milsark explains the system requirements for hosting SharePoint 2013.

At, we’re eagerly awaiting the public release of SharePoint 2013 so we can continue to provide industry-leading SharePoint cloud hosting for the next version when it finally arrives. So, among our engineers, probably the most highly anticipated set of specs concerns the system requirements for hosting SharePoint 2013 in the Cloud.

Luckily, there is a little bit of good news here: the minimum hardware requirements have NOT changed from SharePoint 2010. So, if you are already on SharePoint 2010, you already have a big head start on upgrading to 2013.

However, if you’re still using the 2007 version (WSS or MOSS), now could be an optimum time to consider the upgrade to 2010. Then your company will be well-prepared for an upgrade to 2013 at a later date, such as after Microsoft works out any bugs with SP1. Be aware, though, when the time comes to make the move to SharePoint 2013, you will still need to migrate Database Servers to the newest version of Microsoft SQL Server (since SQL Server 2005 and 2008 editions won’t be supported in SP2013).

Please find hardware and software system requirements for SharePoint 2013 listed below. Specifically, Microsoft recommends the following:

Minimum hardware specs for SharePoint 2013 Web and Application Server:

  • Processor – 64-bit quad core
  • RAM – 8GB RAM
  • Disk – 80GB system drive and an additional + extra space for Logs\Index\etc
  • *Maintain at least twice as much free space as you have RAM

Minimum Software requirements for Web and Application Servers:

  • 64-bit Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 or later
  • Pre-requisites:
  • Web Server (IIS) role
  • Application Server roles
  • .Net 4 DGR Update KB 2468871
  • Information Protection & Control Client (MSIPC)
  • Windows Identity Foundation 1.0 and 1.1
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 Native Client
  • Sync Framework Runtime v1.0
  • .Net Framework 4
  • Open Data Library (ODataLib)
  • Windows PowerShell 3.0

Minimum hardware specs for SharePoint 2013 Database Servers minimum requirements:

  • Processor – 64-bit quad core for small deployments and 64-bit 8 cores for medium deployments
  • RAM – 8GB for small deployments and 16GB for medium deployments
  • Disk – 80GB for System Drive, Additional Partitions for SP Data, logs, temp DB

Minimum Software Requirements for SharePoint 2013 Database Servers:Microsoft SQL Server 2012 logo graphic


  • SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2008 are no longer supported.
  • 64-bit Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 or later
  • 64-bit SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 or later
  • SQL Server 2012 RTM is supported as well.

Client Browser Support in SharePoint 2013

It seems that the browser story is mostly the same except IE 7 is not supported. IE 8 and higher (32bit) are fully supported. The latest Safari, Firefox, and Chrome browsers are supported with “limitations”.

Well, there you have it. I’ve listed out the minimum system requirements for SharePoint 2013 Web, App, and SQL Database Servers – based on the guidelines Microsoft has provided so far. Hopefully this serves as a useful SharePoint 2013 Reference for SharePoint administrators, consultants and other members of the SharePoint community. Thanks for reading and continue to stay tuned for further updates about SharePoint 2013! Your SharePoint Cloud’s team of dedicated hosting engineers continue testing and training with the SP2013 Preview Release so we can ready for our clients’ SharePoint 2013 hosting needs- and the upgrade process from previous editions. Stay up-to-date with the cloud hosting blog for more information and tips about the Microsoft SharePoint 2013 release.

2012-09-04T03:11:00+00:00 September 4th, 2012|

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  1. Kalyan September 9, 2012 at 1:35 pm - Reply

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