SharePoint Farm for Development Test

This solution provides a small scale deployment of SharePoint using a single Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), SQL, and SharePoint resources. It address the capability to deliver agile development architecture to teams within your business using the latest and greatest support platforms.

SharePoint Farm for Development TestLearn how to deploy a SharePoint farm for use as a development testing environment with a step-by-step flowchart from Azure.11109987654321

Create resource group for the storage, network, and virtual machine, plus other dependent elements.

Create Virtual Network to host the Virtual Machines and Load Balancers for the deployment. Ensure the network has appropriate Network Security Groups implement to protect network traffic flow.

Create the storage accounts that will host the virtual machine images (vhds).

Create the Active Directory Installation. Either utilizing a new Virtual Machine or leveraging Azure Active Directory Domain Services. Ife leveraging Azure Active Directory you also need to consider synchronizing identities to Azure AD with Azure AD Connect.

Install a supported version of SQL Server on an Azure VM or deploy a pay as you go instance of SQL Server.

Deploy SharePoint onto an Azure VM or leverage a trial image from the gallery which already have SharePoint Server installed.

Create the SharePoint farm.

Set up an Azure external load balancer to direct incoming HTTPS traffic to the SharePoint server.

Leverage Express Route or VPN Gateway for management access to resource group.

On Premises users can access the SharePoint sites via the internet or Express Route or VPN Gateway.

External users can be granted access as required to the SharePoint sites for testing.

  1. 1 Create resource group for the storage, network, and virtual machine, plus other dependent elements.
  2. 2 Create Virtual Network to host the Virtual Machines and Load Balancers for the deployment. Ensure the network has appropriate Network Security Groups implement to protect network traffic flow.
  3. 3 Create the storage accounts that will host the virtual machine images (vhds).
  4. 4 Create the Active Directory Installation. Either utilizing a new Virtual Machine or leveraging Azure Active Directory Domain Services. Ife leveraging Azure Active Directory you also need to consider synchronizing identities to Azure AD with Azure AD Connect.
  5. 5 Install a supported version of SQL Server on an Azure VM or deploy a pay as you go instance of SQL Server.
  6. 6 Deploy SharePoint onto an Azure VM or leverage a trial image from the gallery which already have SharePoint Server installed.
  1. 7 Create the SharePoint farm.
  2. 8 Set up an Azure external load balancer to direct incoming HTTPS traffic to the SharePoint server.
  3. 9 Leverage Express Route or VPN Gateway for management access to resource group.
  4. 10 On Premises users can access the SharePoint sites via the internet or Express Route or VPN Gateway.
  5. 11 External users can be granted access as required to the SharePoint sites for testing.

Implementation guidance

Products/Description Documentation

Azure Resource Group

Container that holds related resources for an Azure solution

Virtual Network

Provision private networks, optionally connect to on-premises datacenters

Storage Accounts

Durable, highly available, and massively scalable cloud storage

Azure Active Directory

Synchronize on-premises directories and enable single sign-on

SharePoint Server

Microsoft’s collaboration server product

SQL Server

Host enterprise SQL Server apps in the cloud

Load Balancer

Deliver high availability and network performance to your applications

ExpressRoute

Dedicated private network fiber connections to Azure

VPN Gateway

Establish secure, cross-premises connectivity

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