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!
If you have questions, or if you’d like to join the SAB, email us at SAB@microsoft.com.