Creating a Development VM 2013 - Part 2: Preparing Windows

This document details how to install and test an SDL Tridion Content Manager 2013 install on Windows 2012 with a SQL Server database.

Creating a Development VM - Part 2

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Prepare your Windows 2012 server

In this step we'll take you through preparing your Windows 2012 server for a clean Tridion installation.

Change password policy

Simplify development by changing the password policy (using "Group Policy Editor").

  • From your keyboard's Start button, go to Administrative Tools > Local Security Policy.
  • Disable "Password Must meet complexity requirements."

Rename your server

Name your machine something you are likely to remember.

Tridion System Account

In a normal Tridion environment, the Tridion System Account must be a Domain account. If this is just a local development or test machine, you may want to create this account as a local account instead. In either case, ensure that this account is added to the local "Administrators" group.

  • Go to Tools > Computer Management > Local Users and Groups > Users.
  • Create a New User.
  • Name the user MTSUser
  • Type in "Administrators" and press Check Names then OK.
  • Note: your old computer name may show in the Select Groups pop-up until the next reboot
  • MTSUser's properties should now show it belongs to Administrators.

Install available Microsoft Updates

From Configure this local Server, select the Never link under Last Installed Updates.

Choose Settings

  • updates automatically unless you prefer to update Windows manually.
  • Select "important updates are available" and select Install. Multiple server restarts may be required during this step.

If prompted to Turn on Windows SmartScreen , optionally turn it on.

Add Roles

  • In the Server Manager dashboard, select option 2 Add Roles.
  • Click Next
  • At the Installation Type option select "Role-based or feature-based installation" and then select next.
  • Select your server from the server pool and then select next.
  • Select Application Server and Web Server (IIS) roles.
  • Click Next


  • Confirm ASP.NET 4.5 is selected and choose Next.
  • On the Application Server step, select Next.
  • Select to add HTTP Activation and TCP Activation under "Windows Process Activation Service Support"
  • Select Add Features for HTTP Activation and again for TCP Activation.

  • Select Next.
  • Select Next.
  • Select Install to confirm your selections.
  • Then wait for the process to complete.

You have now configured the required Windows 2012 Server Roles for an SDL Tridion 2013 Content Manager Server.

Next section: Setting up the database

Move on to the next chapter in this tutorial: Preparing the database