Azure Infrastructure Services

Building SharePoint Farm in Azure using Template for Dev & Test

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The Microsoft Azure Preview Portal automatically creates a pre-configured SharePoint Server 2013 farm for us. This can save you a lot of time when we need a basic or high-availability SharePoint farm for a development and testing environment.

The basic SharePoint farm consists of three virtual machines in this configuration.

Small_SPFarm

We can use this farm configuration for a simplified setup for SharePoint app development or first-time evaluation of SharePoint 2013.

The high-availability SharePoint farm consists of nine virtual machines in this configuration.

Medium_SPFarm

We can use this farm configuration to test higher client loads, high availability of the external SharePoint site, and SQL Server AlwaysOn for a SharePoint farm. We can also use this configuration for SharePoint app development in a high-availability environment.

Microsoft Azure Preview Portal:

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Azure Infrastructure Services Implementation Guidelines

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Azure is an excellent platform to implement dev/test or proof-of-concept configurations, since it requires very little investment to test a particular approach to an implementation of your solutions. However, you must be able to distinguish the easy practices for a dev/test or proof-of-concept environment from the more difficult, detailed practices for a fully functional, production-ready implementation of an IT workload.

This guidance identifies many areas for which planning are key to the success of an IT infrastructure or workload in Azure. In addition, it helps the implementation of solutions on the Azure platform by providing an order to the creation of the necessary resources. Although there is some flexibility, Microsoft recommends that you apply this order to your planning and decision-making.

  • Naming conventions
  • Subscriptions and accounts
  • Storage
  • Virtual networks
  • Cloud services
  • Availability Sets
  • Virtual machines

The full version of guide can be found here.