Automatically create your next development or test SharePoint 2013 farm in Microsoft Azure

For those of you playing with SharePoint in Microsoft Azure, the Azure Preview Portal now supports the automated creation of a basic or high-availability SharePoint farm in Microsoft Azure.

This new feature, known as SharePoint Server Farm, can save you a lot of time when you need to quickly create a new development or testing environment for SharePoint Server 2013. Use your Azure subscription, an Azure Trial Subscription, or your MSDN subscription.

The basic configuration is three servers, consisting of a domain controller, a SQL server, and a SharePoint server.

The high-availability configuration is nine servers, consisting of two domain controllers, two SQL servers, a SQL Server quorum server, two SharePoint servers in the application tier, and two SharePoint servers in the front-end web tier.

You specify the settings for these two different farms using the Create pane…

and the Azure Preview Portal does the rest.

Once the farm is built, you can access a basic team site as an Internet web client and use Central Administration to configure additional capabilities. For the details, see SharePoint Server Farm.

To see a step-by-step walkthrough, take a look at Step-by-Step: Deploy a Highly Available SharePoint Server Farm in the Cloud – in ONLY 8 Clicks!


Joe Davies


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Comments (5)

  1. Joe Davies says:

    Hi SPJeff,

    No. There are no default Service Applications installed. The only thing that is configured is a new SharePoint site, but the template is left undefined so you can select it when bringing it up for the first time.

    Joe Davies

  2. @SPJeff says:

    Excellent feature! Can’t wait to give this a try. Do you know if any Service Applications are provisioned? Maybe could be used here to run specific parts and create needed Web Apps or Service Apps after the farm is online.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hey present or future Azure fans,
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