Create a SharePoint Production Farm on Azure


Editor’s note: In partnership with Microsoft Press, MVPs have been contributing to an ongoing guest series on their official team blog. Today’s article is from SharePoint MVP Inderjeet Singh Jaggi and is the 53rd in the series. Thanks, Inderjeet!

Create a SharePoint Production Farm on Azure

After the release of my first MVP blog post, “Creating a Lab on Windows Azure,” I wanted to write another article continuing on this topic. I will try to dig more into the day to day requirements of SharePoint server and its implementation. I saw a lot of companies that didn’t move to Azure because of the network security control which they have on premise. This may have been the case sometime back as NSG (Network Security Group) was not yet released on Azure.

In a normal SharePoint farm scenario, DMZ (Demilitarize Zone) is used to prevent WFE (Web Front End) servers. Now we will understand how we can use NSG to manage our network and create a network similar to DMZ (Demilitarize Zone). Now that we can manage network traffic on Azure, we can create our SharePoint farm on Azure server. Let’s see how we can accomplish this.

To proceed further you need to understand a topic I discussed in my previous blog post, “Creating a Lab on Windows Azure.” Please make sure you review that post before we begin.

Topics covered in my older post.

• Connect to your Azure Subscription using PowerShell.
• Create a Virtual Network in Azure
• Create a server on Azure in the Virtual Network
• Create a new domain
• Update Domain setting on Virtual Network and bind it to Private IP on DC
• When creating a new server it should be part of this domain

Topics we will discuss in this post

 Create SharePoint and SQL VM, add them to existing domain.
• Configure SharePoint farm
• Access SharePoint site from Internet and connect server from any machine
• Create NSG rules to restrict access to access to SharePoint\Database servers
• Confirm SharePoint\Database server are secure while internet site is working fine

• Create SharePoint and SQL VM, add them to existing domain.
Once we have Domain Controller and Azure Network setup, we will create Virtual machines on Azure servers. To do so we will follow below steps.

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About the author

Inderjeet Singh has around 10+ years of professional experience in SharePoint administration. He has good knowledge of migration, implementation and design architecture of SharePoint servers. He was amongst the 1st few contributor who hosted a custom App on SharePoint Store which was later removed. He worked on all versions of SharePoint (From 2001 to 2013). I write SharePoint and azure articles on my website.

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The MVP Monday Series is created by Melissa Travers. In this series we work to provide readers with a guest post from an MVP every Monday. Melissa is a Community Program Manager, formerly known as MVP Lead, for Messaging and Collaboration (Exchange, Lync, Office 365 and SharePoint) and Microsoft Dynamics in the US. She began her career at Microsoft as an Exchange Support Engineer and has been working with the technical community in some capacity for almost a decade. In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym, shopping for handbags, watching period and fantasy dramas, and spending time with her children and miniature Dachshund. Melissa lives in North Carolina and works out of the Microsoft Charlotte office.

The MVP Monday Series is
created by Melissa Travers. In this series we work to provide readers with a
guest post from an MVP every Monday. Melissa is a Community Program Manager,
formerly known as MVP Lead, for Messaging and Collaboration (Exchange, Lync,
Office 365 and SharePoint) and Microsoft Dynamics in the US. She began her
career at Microsoft as an Exchange Support Engineer and has been working with
the technical community in some capacity for almost a decade. In her spare time
she enjoys going to the gym, shopping for handbags, watching period and fantasy
dramas, and spending time with her children and miniature Dachshund. Melissa
lives in North Carolina and works out of the Microsoft Charlotte office.

 

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