Create the Configuration Database For Standalone Installation with Local Account - SharePoint Server 2013

After I've installed SharePoint Server 2013 on a Windows Server 2012 R2 I ran the configuration wizard to finalize and configure the installation.

At the step "Specify Configuration Database Setting" I chose to use my local machine as my database server (because it a development machine) and I left the default database name unchanged.

At the "Specify Database Access Account" section I typed my current local account since I'm working on my local home development machine and I'm not connected to a domain as in the following:

Share point product configuration wizard

I got this error after clicking Next:

specify configuration database setting

Apparently SharePoint doesn't allow creating the configuration database with a local user account.
The good news is that there is a work around, all you need is to create the database manually using SharePoint 2013 Management Shell.

Open SharePoint 2013 Management Shell and type the following command:


SharePoint 2013 Management Shell

Hit enter; it will ask about the following:

  • Database Name
  • Database Server
  • FarmCredential
  • PassPhrase

Type the required info then hit Enter again:

SharePointl Configuration Wizard

This will create all necessary databases, you can re-run the Configuration Wizard and select the option “Connect to an existing farm”.

Extra note

I'm using SQL Server 2008 R2 when I first tried to create the configuration databases and I got this error:

configuration databases

SharePoint 2013 supports SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 and higher versions so the error disappeared when I installed SP2.

I hope that will help.

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