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Creating single server SharePoint 2013 trial for Windows Azure

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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”:

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And then select the “SharePoint Server 2013 Trial”

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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:

  1. Create the VM using the gallery in Azure as shown above
  2. Install SQL Server Express 2012 on the newly create VM
  3. Create a new farm using the   New-SPConfigurationDatabase PowerShell command
  4. 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

Written by Nick Grattan

April 22, 2014 at 1:00 am