Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Hardware requirements - Developing for SharePoint 2013

If you are developing on-premise solutions where you deploy good old WSP packages to SharePoint, this is a post for you. If you are developing SharePoint Apps, you can get away with just about any setup (overly simplified statement).

The minimum recommended requirements for SharePoint development just got upped. TechNet recommends a minimum of 8GB ram and 4 cores. This is double of what was recommended for SharePoint 2010. My own tests show that you can perfectly well develop with 2 cores and 8GB ram on a single VM with DC, SQL, SharePoint 2013 and Visual Studio installed….if you have an SSD drive. You can also go down on ram to about 6GB depending on which features you use, but I think 8GB is acceptable.