Creating single server SharePoint 2013 trial for Windows Azure
Creating virtual machines with Azure is a great way of standing up test servers, especially for SharePoint where the installation can be long.
You can create a SharePoint Server 2014 trial server from Azure by first selecting “From Gallery”:
And then select the “SharePoint Server 2013 Trial”
The problem with this is that SharePoint is already installed for a farm installation and therefore cannot be installed as a standalone server. As the description provided by Microsoft states, you will need to create another virtual machine for SQL Server and possibly another for a domain controller with Active Directory.
To circumvent this issue you can:
- Create the VM using the gallery in Azure as shown above
- Install SQL Server Express 2012 on the newly create VM
- Create a new farm using the New-SPConfigurationDatabase PowerShell command
- Run the SharePoint Products Configurations Wizard and join the farm you’ve just created.
The last three steps are described in this excellent blog article: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/suhasaraos/archive/2013/04/06/installing-sharepoint-2013-on-a-single-server-without-a-domain-controller-and-using-sql-server-express.aspx