I decided this week to change my demo from running on my laptop with its limited RAM and move it to Amazon’s cloud. Amazon has a pretty sweet setup where you can pay by the hour for the server time that you need. I now have a server that can handle the requirements of SharePoint 2013 without as many headaches as I had with my laptop. I looked at using cloudshare when I was prepping my demo for SharePoint Saturday Utah but I didn’t feel like paying that much for a whole month when I only needed the server to be running for a few hours.
I have the server setup after some fun oauth issues in SharePoint 2013. Now I have the fun part of transferring my demo content to this new server.
For those that are thinking of trying to run SharePoint 2013 on your own laptop. If you only have 8GB of RAM or less do not go there. You can get it working but all of the required pieces on one machine is too much. In order to do my last demo I had to turn off a bunch of services to free up memory. I had to severely trim the services for Search and the sad part was that my presentation was on search. So I had it crawl the content I needed then I turned off the crawler and indexer to free up the memory. Luckily no-one asked for live search results or changes. Now with this server that I can turn on whenever I want and only pay for the time that it is running I no longer have this problem. I love technology.