Provisioning SharePoint Server 2013 on Windows Azure – Part IV

Problem

When you initially attempt to configure SharePoint 2013 on Azure, it will point you to a SharePoint 2013 trial in the template gallery. This is not the correct way to configure an instance of SharePoint on Azure. This template virtual image is not meant for a single standalone SharePoint Server 2013 installation. Microsoft intends for you to use SharePoint Online or Office 365, or if you wan more control you need to crate an on-premise installation.

Solution

You need to “manually” create a SharePoint environment in Azure. As a minimum, there are 4 steps (with multiple sub-steps) that you will need to complete to properly provision a SharePoint  2013 environment on Windows Azure. Your environment is unique to your needs, but this should help you understand the general steps required.

  1. Create and Configure Network components
  2. Install and Configure Domain Controller
  3. Install and Configure SQL Server
  4. Install and Configure SharePoint Server 2013

Let’s go through these steps and see what is required to successfully work our way through this configuration. You can refer to Part I to start through step 1, or Part II to complete step 2, or Part III to complete step 3 shown above. Several people have written articles on this subject, so I’ll attempt to just summarize here. If you need details, I hope you will seek out the details and read more on this subject.

The next step is to install and configure a SharePoint Server instance.

  • Create SharePoint Server 2013 VM – Create SharePoint Server 2013 VM –> SharePoint Server 2013 Trial. Choose large size initially, specify the subnet, affinity group and the storage account correctly. Click OK and let the VM be provisioned for you.
    • Once the VM is provisioned, connect to that VM using RDP and click on the SharePoint 2013 Products Configuration wizard.
    • Choose to create a new Server Farm the first time
    • Select the database server that you have already created. If this causes errors, check the firewall rules on your database server.
    • Once past that step, just click Next and Next and wait for about 10 minutes and let the wizard do its work.
    • Finally you will see the completion message, “Configuration Successful”
  • Configuration – Now you are ready with your basic infrastructure of SharePoint Server 2013 on Windows Azure. Use the User Central Administrator website to start configuring your service applications, web applications and site collections.

In case you need to plan for a separate application web server, follow the same steps as for creating the SharePoint Server 2013 Trial VM and add it to the Application Subnet you created back in Step 1.

This completes the series of articles on setting up SharePoint Server 2013 on Windows Azure.

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