Create SharePoint server farms

Note

Azure has two different deployment models for creating and working with resources: Resource Manager and classic. This article covers using the Resource Manager deployment model, which Microsoft recommends for most new deployments instead of the classic deployment model.

SharePoint 2013 farms

With the Microsoft Azure portal marketplace, you can quickly create pre-configured SharePoint Server 2013 farms. This can save you a lot of time when you need a basic or high-availability SharePoint farm for a dev/test environment or if you are evaluating SharePoint Server 2013 as a collaboration solution for your organization.

Note

The SharePoint Server Farm item in the Azure Marketplace of the Azure portal has been removed. It has been replaced with the SharePoint 2013 non-HA Farm and SharePoint 2013 HA Farm items.

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

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

To create the basic (three-server) SharePoint farm:

  1. Click here.
  2. Click Deploy.
  3. On the SharePoint 2013 non-HA Farm pane, click Create.
  4. Specify settings on the steps of the Create SharePoint 2013 non-HA Farm pane, and then click Create.

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

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

To create the high-availability (nine-server) SharePoint farm:

  1. Click here.
  2. Click Deploy.
  3. On the SharePoint 2013 HA Farm pane, click Create.
  4. Specify settings on the seven steps of the Create SharePoint 2013 HA Farm pane, and then click Create.
Note

You cannot create the SharePoint 2013 non-HA Farm or SharePoint 2013 HA Farm with an Azure Free Trial.

The Azure portal creates both of these farms in a cloud-only virtual network with an Internet-facing web presence. There is no site-to-site VPN or ExpressRoute connection back to your organization network.

Note

When you create the basic or high-availability SharePoint farms using the Azure portal, you cannot specify an existing resource group. To work around this limitation, create these farms with Azure PowerShell. For more information, see Create SharePoint 2013 dev/test farms with Azure PowerShell.

SharePoint 2016 farms

See this article for the instructions to build the following single-server SharePoint Server 2016 farm.

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Managing the SharePoint farms

You can administer the servers of these farms through Remote Desktop connections. For more information, see Log on to the virtual machine.

From the Central Administration SharePoint site, you can configure My sites, SharePoint applications, and other functionality. For more information, see Configure SharePoint.

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