I'm working for a customer that need all features of SharePoint 2013 enterprise and I have to estimate a correct sizing of the infrastructure. On this SharePoint, there will be almost 300 users with about 300 pages viewed/day. The AD is already existing. Could you help me on this task?? Thanks in advance.


Your requirement seems pretty low to me (300 page views / day) but best practices would dictate a small farm to exist of 1 WFE server, 1 APP Server and 1 SQL Server, and a seperate AD which you already have, anyway. Use the Hardware Requirements recommended by Microsoft to have an idea of individual server requirements. You need to read the document carefully, but to give you an idea:

  • They consider <10.000 users a small deployment
  • 4 cores minimum on all servers
  • 8GB to 12GB RAM

Do keep in mind that each component places it's own requirements on the infrastructure, a big one being Search and another one being Office Web Apps (seperate server). This is a good overview, but keep in mind that the values may have been updated since then (I know they have on MSDN since SP 2013's release).


In this slideshare, it is mentioned that 500 concurrent users can bring a 4 server farm (4 cores, 16GB RAm each on average) to a crawl.

  • Thanks! One question, I already have my sharepoint installed on a single server, is it possible to change the infrastructure or do I have to rebuild my solution??? Thanks! – Vincent Mar 11 '14 at 9:44
  • When you say My SharePoint, do you mean the production environment or your development machine ? The development machine can be just the one server, given it has enough RAM and CPU resources. – Cameron Verhelst Mar 11 '14 at 9:50
  • I have no development environment... only production (shame) – Vincent Mar 14 '14 at 8:33
  • It is possible to transition to a farm setup, take a look at t his post for pointers: sharepoint.stackexchange.com/questions/32549/… – Cameron Verhelst Mar 14 '14 at 8:46

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