Microsoft CRM 2013 running on Windows Server 2012 R2 and SQL Server 2012 SP1, Office 2013 and Windows 8.1

I was able to install Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server 2013 (version on Windows Server 2012 R2 and SQL Server 2012 SP1 over the weekend using my latest test environment.  I was also able to setup the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 for Microsoft Office Outlook (CRM Outlook Client) on Windows 8.1 and Microsoft Office 2013.  I am planning to use this setup for my own personal testing purposes.

Please note: Per the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Implementation Guide as of this writing – Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 are not listed as supported.  So you know what I’d say:  For production rollout – only deploy Microsoft CRM on supported platforms!  Since Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 were just released – I can bet both will be added to the supported list very soon.

While I’m on the subject of supported platforms – Microsoft CRM 2013 is not supported on Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP (CRM Web/Outlook Client).  I think Windows XP has enjoyed a long and successful run, but after running Windows 7 and now Windows 8 for some time (I’d prefer running Windows 8.1 personally) – it is time for your primary PCs to run on Windows 7 or higher and for any touch enabled PCs to run on Windows 8.1!

For the Apple/Mac users out there.  You can access Microsoft CRM 2013 Web Client using Apple Safari.  As for accessing the Microsoft CRM Outlook Client – I would recommend using a Virtual Machine (VM) such as Parallels or VMware Fusion.  I’ve supported users running both VMs and both work great for Microsoft CRM.

And lastly, if you have complained about the Microsoft CRM Outlook Client offline performance in the past – check and ensure your PC is running Solid State Drives (SSD) – the performance improvement is simply amazing for the SSD price these days.



Contact me if you need help with your Microsoft CRM questions.

Frank Lee, Microsoft CRM MVP
Workopia – Microsoft Dynamics CRM Keeping it Simple!

About Frank Lee

Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM/xRM consultant in San Francisco, USA.  Awarded the Microsoft MVP (Dynamics 365/CRM) 12 consecutive years from 2006 to 2018. Actively involved with Microsoft Dynamics CRM implementations since Microsoft CRM v1.0 beta (2002). Super passionate about everything CRM, especially in the areas of Cloud Computing, A.I., Digital Transformation and Automation.
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8 Responses to Microsoft CRM 2013 running on Windows Server 2012 R2 and SQL Server 2012 SP1, Office 2013 and Windows 8.1

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  3. Matt Jereb says:

    Hi Frank,

    Did you have any issues with IFD (internal Clams-Based works well). I’m struggling to deploy ADFS 3.0 and getting an error:
    Protocol Name: wsfed
    Exception: MSIS7102: Requested Authentication Method is not supported on the STS.

    CRM is running on Win 2008 R2 (upgraded from CRM2011) and ADFS 3.0 of course on Win 2012 R2. Had no issues with ADFS 2.0

    Google is not much help nowadays.


    • Hi Matt,

      Good question. I have not tested the ADFS 3.0/IFD scenario. Please let us know your findings.

    • Simon says:

      I’ve configured CRM 2011 and ADFS 3.0. We do not have problems to Login on CRM (internaly and externaly). But we do have problems with (allmost every) thirth party tool to connect to CRM (all worked fine with ADFS 2.0).
      Does anyone know why this happend? Thanks…

  4. chris says:

    Hi. Because ADFS 3.0 is not supported with CRM 2013 at the moment. Use version 2.0 it will works correctly.
    ADFS 2.0 is available on Windows 2008R2/2012 – not on Windows 2012R2.
    In Windows 2012 is installed as a feature.

  5. Mohamed Hegazy says:

    I opened a support case with Microsoft on this issue, and the official response was “Dynamics CRM 2013 does not [yet] support and has not been tested with Windows Server 2012 R2, therefore operation with ADFS 3.0 is not supported.” The support technician suggested waiting for a Rollup that may add support for Server 2012 R2.


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