Wednesday, January 16, 2013

SharePoint 2013 - Standalone Farm Limitations

Standalone farm is targeted to development and testing environment so avoid to used it in production site for the following reasons:

  1. Can't Scale : you cannot extend your farm by adding new server if it configured as standalone farm even you can't backup the farm and restore it from standalone farm to multiple servers farm (Small , Medium,.. Farm) and vice and versa.
  2. Limit Storage: because it configured with SQL Server 2008 R2 SP 1 Express version your storage limit to 10 GB only for each database.
  3. No Domain Service: because it configured in one server only so no Domain Service or domain accounts and it run under local accounts like Network Service account. also you can not create User Profile Service for this reason.


  1. Can I do a Single Server Farm installation of SharePoint 2013 while using an existing SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 Express instead of using the Enterprise version of SQL?

    1. 1- If you install a single farm then you don't need to install any SQL Server because SharePoint will install SQL Server Express version during the installation.

      2- If you don't want to use SQL Server Express then go with (complete option ) and then connect SharePoint to any existing SQL server .

  2. Let me rephrase: Can I do a Single Server FARM installation (the complete option, not the standalone option) using an existing SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 Express?

  3. Yes , You can but I think you need SP 2 and there are some limitation with User Profile Service

  4. Hi,

    Can I use Host name site collections with SharePoint Server 2013 Standalone in a Windows Azure Large Virtual Machine?

    Adeel Aslam

  5. Yes you can create host name site collections in standalone but regarding to windows azure VM I don't know what is the issues you may face. Try to check this maybe you get some important information