Through the use of Content Pack Concept for SelfService BI, ECM, Search and BigData, we hope to bring you the ability to use the same demos we have built based with examples like Contoso Medical, Great White Gears, Contoso Schools, AdventureWorks
Camping Supplies, TailSpinToys, Contoso Casino, and more. We have extended the Content Pack Concept to include SQL and AD-DS OUs, Users, and Groups so that we can now install SQL 2012 SP1 and SharePoint 2013 in the same configuration as our environment,
that allows us to give you these demos..
Prerequisites: License Keys and installation media for the following:
- Windows Server 2008R2 Sp1 or Windows server 2012
- SQL Server 2012 SP1
- SharePoint 2013
Evaluation Copies are OK, we will not be providing any way for them to be re-armed after the 180 day trial is over.
The Server will be required to have installed and configured AD Directory Services so that we will be able to populate AD with users for your walk through of the Hands on Labs.
After the SQL 2012 SP1 Installation you will have three instances of Analysis Services (Tabular, Multidimensional, and PowerPivot) this will allow us to share our data with you while reducing the amount of confusion there can be when setting up these services
and using them with SharePoint for the first time.
Please let us know if you think we have missed anything we appreciate your feedback and are always looking for folks to beta test our deliverables before we upload them here..
The following Demo installations are available for download now.
The content pack concept as in use here and in quite a few of Microsoft Demos / VHDs is a Quick and Dirty way to provide some pretty cool content quickly. The current intended purpose of the content is for learning SharePoint 2013 Business Intelligence,
Windows Server 2012, and SQL 2012 SP1, presentations with Clients, or sessions at conferences
(we have not included much in the way of ECM and less of WCM though most of the Social Stuff is populated and searchable).
The difference is the stuff that was broken in the older VHDs has been mostly fixed from Olap to PowerShell, except for two issues (One the default Style Sheets are used).
You can populate create your own VMs without having to download 100s of compressed files that may take more than a few minutes to download. However, the Content Pack Concept in general and 2 of the SharePoint 2013 Specific Content packs (Visio
Services and Self-Service) deployments should not be seen as a best practice for deploying SharePoint Content to production SharePoint 2013 Farm. The old mantra still applies "if its not a WSP it doesn't get deployed", I guess we now have a
modification If its not an APP or WSP, it doesn't get deployed to production".