Microsoft cloud engineer - SharePoint, Office 365, Azure, DotNet, Angular, JavaScript.
Microsoft cloud engineer - SharePoint, Office 365, Azure, DotNet, Angular, JavaScript.

SharePoint 2013

WPI Offline Install – Workflow Manager 1.0 for SharePoint 2013

Earlier today I was trying to load Workflow Manager 1.0 to get the new “2013” flavor workflows running on my VM.   The Microsoft download links are tiny files which launch WPI (Web Platform Installer).   That’s fine for a hobby machine or one time install, but I need an offline install for real data centers.   Why?   Two reasons:   they often block internet access for security and I want to install via script (do many machines faster).


I watched Web Platform Installer download and install the various components I wondered where it was keeping all those nice download files.   Not %TEMP% and not C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\.  The obvious locations yielded nothing so I launched SysInternals PROCMON.EXE and watched open file handles for the install window  (click the target icon to select any active window).  That helped me find the right location and now I can copy those MSI files directly for offline installs.

If you need any Web Platform Installer items to run offline, just watch this folder while running on 1 PC and then you can copy to others.


C:\Users\spfarm\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Web Platform Installer\installers\



SharePoint 2013 – Install Notes

Below is a quick brain dump from a one machine VM install for development.   Getting the install media folder correctly populated with various patches, offline prerequisites, and correct XML configuration for AutoSPInstaller was key.   Once that folder was ready, everything ran very smoothly. 




  • Dynamic expanding VHD up to 96GB with Start > Run > DISKMGMT.MSC > right click Create VHD
  • Virtual Box VM (from Windows 8 64bit template)
  • 10GB of RAM
  • 128MB video RAM
  • Bidirectional clipboard enabled
  • Shared folder “SPMedia” for install as read only
  • Share folder “temp” for read/write




  • Windows 2008 R2  (supported by data center team.   I plan to make a “2012” flavor also)
  • SQL 2008 R2 Service Pack 2   (SP2 is important.  SP2013 install requires a minimum of SP1, but may as well get the latest while in there)
  • IE 10
  • All windows update complete
  • Promoted to domain controller as “DEMO.COM”
  • Created 1 service account for SQL:
    • sqlsrv
  • Created 9 service user accounts for SharePoint:
    • spfarm
    • sppool
    • spservice
    • spprofile
    • spsearch
    • spcontent
    • spsuperuser
    • spsuperreader
    • spdata



Install Process

  • Downloaded latest AutoSPInstaller ( build 99077 as of 3/22/2013
  • Extracted AutoSPInstaller ZIP, downloaded offline prerequisites, and completed new XML file with service accounts
  • Downloaded March 2013 Public Update (PU) and extracted to C:\SPMedia\2013\SharePoint\Updates\
  • Run Command Prompt as Administrator
  • Run C:\SPMedia\AutoSPInstaller\AutoSPInstallerLaunch.bat

Prerequisite Files

Directory of C:\SPMedia\2013\SharePoint\PrerequisiteInstallerFiles

03/25/2013  10:06 AM    <DIR>          .
03/25/2013  10:06 AM    <DIR>          ..
05/28/2011  10:58 PM         4,451,736
06/21/2011  02:26 PM         1,139,960
05/15/2012  03:03 PM           794,144
07/18/2012  12:21 PM         1,399,984 AppFabric1.1-RTM-KB2671763-x64-ENU.exe
03/24/2013  01:08 PM        50,352,408 dotnetfx45_full_x86_x64.exe
07/17/2012  11:59 PM             3,524 DownloadAllSP2013PreReqs.ps1
10/01/2012  08:53 PM    <DIR>          filterpack
07/18/2012  12:21 PM           249,344 MicrosoftIdentityExtensions-64.msi
09/27/2012  08:45 PM         4,722,704 NDP45-KB2759112-x64.exe
07/30/2012  03:20 PM                 0 PutPrerequisiteFilesHere.txt
07/18/2012  12:21 PM         4,943,360 setup_msipc_x64.msi
06/24/2012  01:51 PM        14,214,344 SharePointFoundationLP_en-us_x64.exe
07/18/2012  12:21 PM         8,121,344 sqlncli.msi
07/18/2012  12:21 PM         1,026,048 Synchronization.msi
07/18/2012  12:21 PM         5,735,120 WcfDataServices.exe
01/20/2011  05:40 PM         4,321,793 Windows6.1-KB2472264-v3-x64.msu
07/18/2012  12:21 PM        14,514,662 Windows6.1-KB2506143-x64.msu
05/26/2011  02:59 PM         1,010,821 Windows6.1-KB2554876-v2-x64.msu
07/17/2011  12:52 AM         2,049,178 Windows6.1-KB2567680-x64.msu
05/03/2012  12:56 PM           669,029 Windows6.1-KB2708075-x64.msu
07/18/2012  12:21 PM         1,545,666 Windows6.1-KB974405-x64.msu
10/05/2012  01:48 PM         4,078,084 Windows8-RT-KB2765317-x64.msu
07/18/2012  12:21 PM        33,646,240 WindowsServerAppFabricSetup_x64.exe
              22 File(s)    158,989,493 bytes

Directory of C:\SPMedia\2013\SharePoint\PrerequisiteInstallerFiles\filterpack

10/01/2012  08:53 PM    <DIR>          .
10/01/2012  08:53 PM    <DIR>          ..
06/23/2012  09:36 PM           450,560 filterpack.msi
06/23/2012  09:37 PM         3,313,863
               2 File(s)      3,764,423 bytes

     Total Files Listed:
              24 File(s)    162,753,916 bytes
               5 Dir(s)  62,485,356,544 bytes free





Operating Screenshots

  • Central Admin
  • Team Site
  • 15 (and 14 hives)!
  • Service Applications
  • PowerShell build number
  • PowerShell $profile to include “Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell

FIXED – SharePoint 2013 Setup Error – Appfabric is not correctly configured

When trying to install SharePoint Server 2013, I saw the below error.  This was caused by manually double clicking the file “WindowsServerAppFabricSetup_x64.exe” instead of allowing the SharePoint Prerequisite Installer to run this.

The resolution was to run “prerequisiteinstaller.exe” with command line parameters to directly specify the filename for each prerequisite.   Just like with SharePoint 2010, when installing offline we must tell the installer where to locate each file.   Running the various components manually doesn’t work well.   Apparently there is an install sequence or extra parameters which “prerequisiteinstaller.exe”  must perform for the prerequisites to install correctly.

Below is the correct command line to use offline.  I saved this as “prereq.cmd” on my install folder.  Hope that helps! 



/WCFDataServices:prerequisiteinstallerfiles\WcfDataServices.exe /quiet 









Toggle Developer Dashboard

Here are the commands to change the global developer dashboard setting in SharePoint 2010 and 2013.

OnDemand Mode:

$sp2010 = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPWebService]::ContentService.DeveloperDashboardSettings;
$sp2010.DisplayLevel = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPDeveloperDashboardLevel]::OnDemand;
$sp2010.RequiredPermissions = 'ManageWeb';  #EmptyMask = all users.  ManageWeb = full control or higher.
$sp2010.TraceEnabled = $true;

On Mode:

$sp2010 = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPWebService]::ContentService.DeveloperDashboardSettings;
$sp2010.DisplayLevel = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPDeveloperDashboardLevel]::On;
$sp2010.RequiredPermissions = 'ManageWeb';  #EmptyMask = all users.  ManageWeb = full control or higher.
$sp2010.TraceEnabled = $true;

Off Mode:

$sp2010 = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPWebService]::ContentService.DeveloperDashboardSettings;
$sp2010.DisplayLevel = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPDeveloperDashboardLevel]::Off;

STSADM command line:

stsadm -o setproperty -pn developer-dashboard -pv ondemand 
stsadm -o setproperty -pn developer-dashboard -pv on 
stsadm -o setproperty -pn developer-dashboard -pv off



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